For controlling the drone or share the dive via the Blueye Observer app on an external monitor a dongle or dock is required.
For Android, a USB-C dock such as a Samsung DeX dock, USB-C hub, or a USB-C to HDMI cable is needed. Keep in mind if you don't use a docking station or a USB-C hub the device will need to be recharged between the dives.
Pay attention to the distance and line of sight between the Surface Unit and the phone/tablet. If there are too many walls or the surface unit is too far away from the device an outdoor Wi-Fi router can be set-up as a repeater and forward the signal to the device via Ethernet as described here.
Differences between devices:
On iOS devices, the aspect ratio will be kept from the device, so if using an iPad vertical black bars will be visible on a 16:9 monitor.
Android device in "Screen mirroring" mode, horizontal black bars will be visible if the phone screen has a wider aspect ration than the monitor
Samsung or Huawei device in "DeX/Desktop mode", in this mode the app will fill the entire screen size and the icons will scale according to the resolution of the monitor. In this mode, the phone is acting as a touchpad.
Recommended devices for external monitor use:
Most Android Phones with a "Desktop Mode" should work, such as Samsung DeX and Huawei Easy Projection. You can either mirror the screen or enable "Desktop Mode". If using DeX mode for the first time please read this article on how to enable full-screen mode. Also, see our complete list of recommended devices.
We recommend iOS devices using the Apple A11 Bionic chip or newer.
iPads will output 4:3 video output over HDMI, so in order to fill a normal 16:9 screen, we recommend using an iPhone. See our complete list of recommended devices.