iPads at METS: Navionics, Maretron, & more

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.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Kind of on the same interesting theme:
    “Digital Yacht has signed an agreement to use Navionics’ cartography as the charting data for its new navigation system, BOATraNET. The deal was announced at this week’s Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in the Netherlands.
    BOATraNET is an onboard wireless web server that takes data from existing navigation systems via NMEA and makes it available to any device that incorporates a web server {I think they mean browser, ED} – for instance, iPad, PC, Mac, Android or Smart Phone. The product is to make its official launch at next year’s London International Boat Show in January.”

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Related personal gratification department: I got called by a business reporter from the “High Desert” of Oregon, where Maretron does some of its manufacturing, and though he missed some of my nuance, it was fun that a distant cousin who lives thereabouts found me quoted in such an unlikely place:

  3. Rick Sorenson says:

    Ben, so it was you turning back ON the things we were trying to turn OFF while demoing at METS!!!
    Have to say, it has been ‘a gas’ showing this remote monitoring and control, along with quite a few laughs when others have been on the system at the same time performing opposite functions (sometimes from around the corner and on purpose!) Those stopping by the booth have also enjoyed seeing real time air and water temps at Sandrine in Fort Lauderdale in light of the current temps here in Amsterdam!
    The first two days of the show have been really great – attendance and activity appears to be excellent – now looking forward to tomorrow’s last day.
    Rick Sorenson
    Carling Technologies / Moritz Aerospace / Maretron

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Indeed, at about 8:30 EST that was me playing battling switches right up to tripping the breaker, which you apparently reset remotely. Hope I didn’t confuse an actual customer! And I won’t mention where I was sitting, because that would be crude. But portability is what iPads are so good at 😉

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Perhaps even more off topic: How about a little sports plane which uses an iPad as the main avionics, and is called the…iCub:

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