Racer’s Edge Laser Wind Sensor

5 Responses

  1. Thanks, Dan! But didn’t I hear that the LWS costs $150,000? Yike. What makes you think the cost will fall “rapidly”?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Actually I checked its $149,500 USD … Not sure the cruising sailors will go for this ???
    Re racing then suspect it will be banned immediately if people started looking at it seriously.
    Its got a long way to come down in price for sure…

  3. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Yes, the price for this bit of magic is quite steep. As with most America�s Cup technology it�s interesting to touch even though it might as well be made out of unobtainium for most of us.
    Much of the cost for this product is in the dramatic shrinking of the wind sensor from that of a small car to what you see here. The sales volume needed to drive the costs down (there are currently only 3) may be helped by other uses for this capability. One promising use I heard mentioned is with wind turbines.

  4. seems like a great piece of electronics except for the price. Using it in wind turbines might help, but with large scale wind farms. Even if the costs fall dramatically, I don’t think it’ll be something most boaters and many racers would be getting. Back to learning to read the waves, I guess (sigh).

  5. John - gCaptain says:

    Aboard the latest dynamically positioned ships you are seeing more and more companies installing Doppler weather radars to estimate the wind speed of approaching fronts. But with a price tag of $200,000+ this unit might be perfect for the smaller vessels positioning close to shore. Very interesting indeed.

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