OUT OF STOCK
Most e-mail is from new users asking questions,
and although I have tried to keep up, I realize the technology requires
a level of customer support that I simply never anticipated. It is
clear that a much more complex (and thus expensive) VTI system is
required to become a true consumer product that does not require such a
high level of support. So after five years of production - the
manufacture of KIWI OSD is soon to end, once current stock is exhausted
at the USA Web Shop.
There is a need for someone to design a new "consumer" VTI, to meet the needs that have arisen since KIWI OSD was first designed - machine readable text, greater than 1 millisecond accuracy, not only "timing fault" detection - but "timing fault" correction, easy text control like font size and text positioning, and much more information provided as the GPS attempts to get a FIX.
In this respect the current KIWI OSD device is like a "beach buggy" compared to a Rolls Royce car!
However I want to reassure current users of KIWI OSD, that it still meets my original claims and specification. Some great work has been done with the little old "beach buggy", and I trust that will continue for many years to come for current users.
I can now appreciate that the next generation of VTI - is much more complex than I can design, as a hobbyist project.
However I like to think that KIWI OSD has played an important part in the development of video timing, especially the finding (from its integrity code functions) that issues involved with the "power supply and wiring" are the greatest weakness for precision video timing - rather than needing a better GPS system or receiver!
There are many many people I wish to thank for helping with the KIWI OSD project:
Vince Sempronio for USA production, Gerhard Dangl for his video precision experiments, Dave Gault and Brian Loader for local encouragement, Walt Morgan for his height studies, Scott Degenhardt and Derek Breit for pushing the envelope in all directions. Gosh so many people have advanced our use of GPS timing with all sorts of interesting experiments - and I hope this will continue for a long time.
Indeed once the dust has settled - I myself would like to do a "write up" of what I have learned over the years from the integrity code in KIWI OSD. This may help current users with more reliable data collection - and also help those designing next generation VTI systems.
Regards , Kiwi Geoff - April 2009.