Kobelt Vitals: a new sensing, monitoring, and gateway powerhouse

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

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  1. Jim White says:

    I’m a subscriber but I have no comment. I just want to be notified when there are comments. How do I do that? Thanks!

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Hi Jim, You can manage notifications to this or any entry with the link (maybe not obvious) right below the blank comment window. Look for “You can manage the subscriptions of this post” and the link is in “manage the subscriptions”

  2. Grant Jenkins says:

    Ben, this looks really promising – I especially like the way it can use existing N2K data, along with data from it’s own sensors. It seems like most of the other monitoring systems – especially those that are focused on remote vessel monitoring – depend on adding a bunch of proprietary sensors, adding a lot of extra wiring and often duplicating information that is already available on the NMEA2000 buss… The labeling and customization features you mentioned are also big plusses.
    Now if only they could modernize that display! Maybe they could hire somebody from Pico (or Apple) or somewhere…. 😉

    • Colin A says:

      Kobelt’s primary audience is commercial marine I think. In which case function, durability and ease of setup, rate much higher than the look. My guess would be that’s what’s driving the graphics and overall design.

      • Grant Jenkins says:

        Colin, you’re right about Kobelts history and their design priorities – my point was simply if they wish to market this to the wider recreational market, folks are going to expect a display more in keeping with current technology from others in this field – perhaps Apple was a poor example, but that was more in jest. I don’t think durability and an attractive, modern display need to be mutually exclusive…

  3. Joel Wilson says:

    Have y’all seen the PanelPilotAce by Lascar Electronics? https://www.lascarelectronics.com/panelpilot-displays/panelpilotace/

    What do you think?

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      I haven’t come across them before but I’m pretty intrigued now. The prices look very friendly and they look they’ve got a lot of functionality. Have you had any experience with them?

      -Ben S.

  4. Joel says:

    No, I just saw them yesterday on the YouTube channel SV Seeker, someone made a ruder indicator out of one. They have a YouTube channel, with several recent videos, definitely not marine focused but interesting non the less. I don’t know enough about their “can” function, I wonder if S70-CAN will read NMEA 2000? If it can get data from signal K or NMEA2000 I could see it being very useful.

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