Get Pumped by Windows CE.

Check this out, on the Engadget site there’s an overview of the Dresser Wayne Ovation iX Windows CE powered gas pump – this was displayed at CES (outside the convention center next to the Windows Automotive area) – The device has a 10.1″ LCD panel that can display multimedia, show adverts, and a ton of other things. The pump can also be remotely monitored to determine faults before they cause a problem.

– Mike 

Comments (8)

  1. Nice gadget! Hehe, I wonder if virus scanner is included 😉 Imagine situation when you are pumping your car and the machine display says taht …9, 10, 12,… 30 gallons has been pumped. Finally, you pays for 30 gallons, get in the car and drive away. After 2 miles your car stops and after a while you realizes that the gas has run out. Yup, I think I’ve not lost my mind at all, that’s possible 😉

    Inspite of possible problems, I love innovative stuff.

  2. mikehall says:

    Mateusz, let’s just think about that for a second…

    First, this is a closed system, how does a virus get onto the pump?

    Second, the operating system can be built to only run signed code – if 3rd party code somehow gets onto a system and isn’t stamped then this code will not run.

    Third, the architecture of Windows CE is completely different to Windows Desktop – even Windows XP Notepad (an edit control wrapped in a frame) won’t run on Windows CE – all Windows Desktop application link against Kernel32, GDI32, User32, and other DLL’s – Windows CE doesn’t have Kernel, GDI or USER – so the code won’t run

    Fourth – Windows CE runs on MIPS, ARM, SH4, and x86 processors, malicious code would need to be built for the right o/s, using the right processor, and calling API’s that are known to exist on the o/s image.

    Fifth – every Windows CE device exposes a different set of API’s (since it’s a componentized operating system), even given all of the above, if malicious code does get onto a system, and does have the ability to run, there’s a good chance it would try to call an API that doesn’t exist in the O/S.

    Hope that clears this up…

    – Mike

  3. Mike, thanks for detailed and interesting explanation. Certainly, I agree with you. There is a very very little chance of this gadget will be attacked by some malicious code.

    But please not, I was talking as a kind of visionary.

    You know, self-modified code and may be even self-compiled inteligent programs, self-customizable to different hardware and software platforms, micro-evoltion, etc. 🙂

  4. tzagotta says:

    I’m sure the real use for WinCE and the larger display will be to display ADVERTISEMENTS – not entertainment as the article and press release imply. This is great for gas station owners, but just another annoyance for consumers (kind of like the "talking" gas nozzles a while back).

  5. Dan McCarty says:

    They’re cute ideas, but I don’t think these things work very well in the real world. Shortly after the BP-Amoco merger an Amoco-turned-BP station installed some fancy new pumps with 12" LCD displays that showed the weather, stocks, recipes, etc. They might’ve been done on WinCE; it was hard to tell.

    Within a few months they were mostly broken and the information had turned into unwanted ads for the BP. When the harsh Chicago winter came the resistive touch-panels stopped working and eventually the system stopped working completely. They were soon replaced by older, but more functional gas pumps.

    The real problem with gas pumps these days is that no two pumps are the same (even within gas chains) and that they take too long to fill your tank. This kind of "solution" fixes the symptom of waiting, not the actual problem.

    What gas consumers would much rather have is standardization across gas pumps and pumps that can fill your tank faster.

  6. Gary Torpid says:

    The BP pumps were definitely Windows something because you could see the tell tale icon for IE when they were waiting to load images. I hated those pumps and even complained to BP. I dont mind the adverts. The pumps were just very slow to do anything (actual pumping was the same). They have stopped installing them in our area.