Afterguard heads-up display, the Recon Jet goes sailboat racing

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

9 Responses

  1. Tom Fowler says:

    Great article. The Afterguard HUD is actually a stock Recon Jet running custom software designed by Afterguard. As the CMO at Recon, I am very pleased to welcome Afterguard to the Recon family and see how the Jet platform is being leveraged in such a powerful and elegant way into the sailing market.

  2. Sparky says:

    After many years of calling the shots while hanging over the weather quarter rail, straining to see the numbers … I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.
    Pretty pricey, but this tech will start its decent down the price curve.
    How about marrying this to the GoFree API and the B&G kit? That would also seem a logical step for Oakley’s pending Google glass.

  3. Tom says:

    The price is crazy, especially considering google glass will probably beat this to market and be cheaper and more useful.

  4. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Wow that’s absolutely smoking.
    How about a less expensive version that simply provides heading, wind speed, and speed through water? Just the basics for a helmsmen who needs to keep their eyes glued to the head sail telltales?

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Looks like Recon supports all sorts of ways for apps developers to use their HUDs:
    Of course Google Glass will also support third party apps, but it’s not designed for outdoor sports and I have no idea how it could quickly gain the very specific (and difficult) racing tools that Afterguard is working on.

  6. Fred Muhl says:

    We have come along way in HUDs since my friend @ B&G Lymington England Ian McWilliams demonstrated the B&G Network HUD. I wound what he would think about this techology…

  7. Shane says:

    They might have matched the heading index with the graphic. 263 is South of West !

  8. Bob Austin says:

    “They might have matched the heading index with the graphic. 263 is South of West”
    It is quite possible that the graphic is the relative wind angle to the boat. The wind speed is in the lower digital display–and the RWA is one of the most important pieces of information for the racing skipper. There may be other explanations.

  9. Mickey Marlinspike says:

    While I don’t have $1900 for a pair of HUD glasses I do have an Android phone. Please give me those nice screens, and calculations, on my Android phone which is strapped to my wrist.

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