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  • Posted Innovation & the future of NMEA 2000...{the personal drama edition} to Panbo Forum
    {The entry below was written by Jeff Siegel and is published in full and unedited to make a point I'll elaborate on in a comment that follows. If you're interested in the NMEA 2000 vs innovators issue that Jeff brought...
  • Commented on Thinking big systems, Furuno NavNet TZ included
    I think I've done as much as I can do from my boat re NMEA. I have looked into it. I fully want to hear the entire story because from where I sit, it makes me concerned for every developer...
  • Commented on Thinking big systems, Furuno NavNet TZ included
    I recently went through the same exercise on my own boat spending my own money. The hardware is all in and everything is installed. Next week the new cabinetry is being built for it all. My conclusions were that a...
  • Commented on NOAA charting on a Blackberry?
    I've dropped all development of BB support. I am working on a PlayBook app assuming that stays on the market. I think it's really time to switch away from Blackberry (iPhone or Android). It was a good run. But it's...
  • Commented on Android marine apps: Memory-Map is in, who else?
    Re: Bluetooth GPS... It's true that it's easy to connect to a Bluetooth GPS on Android. But...for offboard use, nothing beats a built-in GPS. I way prefer my Xoom because of that. For onboard use, I think that NMEA2K-over-WiFi will...
  • Commented on Android marine apps: Memory-Map is in, who else?
    You could add MXMariner to the Android list. It's pretty new - very inexpensive - and out now. As documented on their site, we're working with them on ActiveCaptain integration for a future release. What's very interesting about MXMariner is...
  • Commented on DMK box hand's-on #1, developers needed!
    I think the largest "use case" for these extra displays hasn't been mentioned here yet - planning. Given that a nice built-in, dedicated MFD type of chartplotter is the consensus for piloting (and that includes a nice, dedicated PC running...
  • Commented on Open N2K to WiFi, Chetco SeaSmart & DMK Yacht Instruments
    Requiring a disconnect from the main boat router is unacceptable. I wouldn't consider a solution that required that. I can have a high gain WiFi receiver providing WiFi internet connectivity to my boat's router as well as the NMEA2K/183 gateway...
  • Commented on Season's Greeting, marine electronics style
    Appropriately online in Flash from the crew of MV aCappella: http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/zjLCOkKSDktfmnL1cd7B Don't forget our Christmas present of DragQueen in the Apple app store for free. Android and source is coming in early 2012!...
  • Commented on Open N2K to WiFi, Chetco SeaSmart & DMK Yacht Instruments
    I agree totally, Dan. It's that type of discussion that's needed to uncover everything that's required. I don't think these newer gateway products are really designed to filter and modify incoming data to send it on to other devices -...
  • Commented on Open N2K to WiFi, Chetco SeaSmart & DMK Yacht Instruments
    Adam, both devices support both push and pull. I've got my hands wrapped around one of the devices right now and I've been talking to both companies about some minor extension that perhaps they didn't consider. I'm most interested in...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain route sharing: dangerous, useful, or perfection?
    Here's why the whole "XYZ official organization isn't going to accept shared routes" doesn't make sense... Garmin's Auto Guidance feature has been around for a few years. With it, you pick 2 points on the water and it creates a...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain route sharing: dangerous, useful, or perfection?
    Strange how a major UK developer (Chersoft) didn't have the slightest issue creating a UK version of their product with our data integrated. Even odder, when asked about the ActiveCaptain name, they didn't have the foggiest idea what you were...
  • Commented on Open N2K to WiFi, Chetco SeaSmart & DMK Yacht Instruments
    I believe that wireless connectivity is such an important part of marine electronics moving forward. I'm already using a Chetco box for development. It's important to point out that they've continued developing the capabilities of their unit since it was...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain route sharing: dangerous, useful, or perfection?
    Oh Steve, your rants against ActiveCaptain are legendary. First it was the name. Then it was the data. You warned that no one in the UK would use it. Now you don't like shared routes. There are already routes for...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain route sharing: dangerous, useful, or perfection?
    It's funny to me to see the comments about shared routes. So many are identical to the early ones made when anchorages were first added to ActiveCaptain. "No one will trust the anchorages of someone else" was the common cry....
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain route sharing: dangerous, useful, or perfection?
    Oh Rick - you need to try this - just experience a little taste of it. I think there are some things you might not be aware of. The Alligator River mouth still shows the magenta line incorrectly on NOAA...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain route sharing: dangerous, useful, or perfection?
    > Anyone find a way to get a route into an e-80 charplotter > without using GPX ? It shouldn't be a problem. I send routes today over Bluetooth to Raymarine 0183 and it works perfectly - been doing that...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain route sharing: dangerous, useful, or perfection?
    The implementation of routes and route sharing in ActiveCaptain views GPX files as the worst-case, least-common-denominator type of data transfer. Any time the user is forced to import or export to GPX, I considered it a failure of some part...
  • Commented on MaxSea blues...
    If you are in the US, you should be calling Furuno for tech support. They are fabulous: - East Coast time = 410-479-4420 - West Coast time = 360-834-9300 If your HP is capable of running DirectXv9, there should be...
  • Commented on Northwest Passage with Starpath, plus its nav rules app
    With new communication capabilities and satellite ice reports from the Canadian government, normal cruising boats have started doing the Northwest passage. Here are a few that I know about: First reported one: http://www.trawlersandtrawlering.com/news/idlewildpassage.html A production Nordhavn taken by a film...
  • Commented on Jeppesen C-Map app, Plan2Nav previewed
    > And let's add here that charting is one of the apps that > works much better on a pad than a phone. Ben, I know what you mean. And the iPad makes all of these chartplotter apps look better,...
  • Commented on Accessory GPS for iPads plus: Dual XGPS150 vs Bad Elf
    The new GPS support over iOS 4.3 talked about really shines when you're using an iPhone as the tethering device. Since the iPhone has a real GPS, it send much higher-accuracy data over to the connected iPad. The results should...
  • Commented on Accessory GPS for iPads plus: Dual XGPS150 vs Bad Elf
    Ben - Brian's right. iOS 4.3 has an interesting feature when it's paired with an iPhone - it appears to pass real GPS data from the iPhone to the iPad. I haven't seen it myself but it appears like enough...
  • Commented on Active Captain route sharing dangerous?
    > Do I gather that individual AC routes will include detailed > information on who submitted them, plus the opportunity > to rate or review them? You'll be able to see who the owner of the route is and also...
  • Commented on Active Captain route sharing dangerous?
    I've been exploring the use of route sharing for about a decade. It's #2 of the 4 things designed for ActiveCaptain (#1 was point-of-interest crowd-sourcing). As with any technology on a boat from electronic charting to hydraulic steering, the technology...
  • Commented on MIBS #3: Fugawi, Rose Point, MapTech, & Nobeltec Trident
    > Instead, they should operate like Apple Umm...you mean like the white iPhone 4? How come they can make a much larger white iPad 2. Seems sort of odd. For a company that generally makes/made everything in white and promised...
  • Commented on Chetco SeaSmart.Net modules, wide open N2K-to-Ethernet?
    I'm really happy to see oregonjoe keeping on top of the questions raised here. It's nice to know that there are apparently many configuration options for this new box. Now let's get some people using it and let's see how...
  • Commented on Chetco SeaSmart.Net modules, wide open N2K-to-Ethernet?
    Kees, iAIS's own brochure: http://www.digitalyacht.co.uk/files/iais%20brochure.pdf "Max number of WiFi users......1" I think UDP is acceptable. There has to be some tradeoffs. It wouldn't be difficult to have a gateway type of handler like GPSGate if that was really needed for...
  • Commented on Chetco SeaSmart.Net modules, wide open N2K-to-Ethernet?
    oregonjoe - I don't see any of those PGN's in the documentation. Don't see anything about POSTs either. Is there more complete documentation? Sandy - re bandwidth. You definitely have to fit the application to the medium. Is 30 frame...
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