April 3, 2021
Wheel Analytics uses a web browser interface. This post explains how we got here, what it means and what it doesn’t.
A fundamental requirement is a way to display visualizations. This could be accomplished by selling a screen, which comes with a cost and bakes in certain limitations. If you prefer a larger display or prefer the display you already own, an included screen does you no favors. Islandix may offer such a tool in the future but it’s not the right solution now.
If the end user supplies the display platform, how are visualizations rendered? Providing apps is one option but it’s expensive to support every operating system so we’d have to pick and choose. And apps require maintenance. When systems update, for example, apps need fixes. By using a browser as the rendering engine mechanics can work from any device, upgrade them at will or switch anytime. With Wheel Analytics there are no apps to install because every platform has a browser already.
The browser connects directly to the WA-1 controller, whether over Wifi or USB. Everything happens within your workshop — in no case does the browser connect to any internet service. This is deliberate and has important implications. There are no cloud components that can fail or be withdrawn. If your internet goes down, Wheel Analytics is unaffected.