Simrad MOnitors, the other NSO evo2 shoe drops
So, it turns out that when I saw the new NSO evo2 blackbox system at IBEX Simrad was low key about it because they were planning a big splash here at the Fort Lauderdale show. And now evo2’s unique ability to drive two independent multi-touch displays can be applied to Simrad’s new MO Series of handsome multi-touch monitors. They’ll purportedly be available very soon in 16, 19 and 24-inch sizes, and judging from the prototypes I saw on the water at the NMEA Conference, they are notably sharp and bright. And, yes, that on-glass button on center at the bottom of the monitor pulls up the NSO home menu just like your phone or tablet.
The photo above shows the NSO evo2 glass bridge possibilities, except that there will also be non-touch (and probably lower maximum brightness) Pilot House MO models and the blackbox can drive other manufacturers’ screens if you’d like.
Here’s what the back of the new MO 16 looks like. Note the HDMI port, which the new NSO can use for HD quality input, as well as one DVI and two analog video inputs that can be switched with other on-glass buttons. I’m not positive yet, but I think that the NMEA 2000 port is there so that these monitors can be dimmed and turned on/off by other Simrad devices on the network. Touch commands are transmitted from screen to black box via USB or serial cable, depending on how long the run is.
NSO evo2 details and prices aren’t online yet — please post in comments if you see them — but the U.S. press release says that the “evo2 black box has a suggested retail price of US $5,695 with MO-Series Multi-Touch and Pilot House displays ranging from $4449 to $10,000.” Also, noted is a package of “black box and two MO-16T high-bright, multi-touch monitors for US $12,999 — providing the benefits of dual independent displays for the price of one.” I guess they’re referring to a Garmin 8000 black box and 15-inch monitor, because I think that a pair of 15-inch Garmin 8000 or Raymarine gS MFDs or 14-inch Furuno NavNet TZT’s are competitive. In fact, the Big Four are now all battling over multi-touch glass bridge systems.
I’ll be out on the water with Simrad later today (and also seeing some new Lowrance gear), but here’s a (poor) photo of the new MO Series prototypes I saw in San Diego. I’m told that the severe screen glare will be gone on the finished units, but I got a kick out of how an iPod video running on a (Fusion-built) SonicHub could be shown on one of the screens, and I believe we could have also watched it in a PiP window. The multifunction display ain’t what it used to be!
The pricing you show is correct.
Ben, if you get a chance ask the Simrad people about the infamous eternally delayed NSE software update. I suspect they are so focused on new product development that the older stuff is getting zero attention.
I admit to a fixation on this because if I had not been misled into thinking that the new features I was told about at the Miami boat show last winter were imminent, I would have a Furuno TZ system on my boat and be a lot happier.
Lots of info about the NSO evo2 and Monitors here:
Simrad is also putting up new videos as about it at a rapid rate:
Quitsa, I’ll try to get your question answered.
Ben–Any news from Simrad on a release date for their next broadband radar version (5G)?
Jan, I doubt we’ll see much change in the 3G/4G radomes any time soon. I think they’ve squeezed about all the performance possible from that technology (and something like 20 million $ of R&D 😉
But there are rumors that Simrad may do something interesting with their open array radars…
There are commercial solid state open array radars such as the Kelvin Hughes “Sharpeye” — that would be quite a coup for Simrad to bring to the consumer market, who don’t even make their own open arrays now as far as I know, just rebadge.
Probably come out with this stuff before NSE v.4.0 software… (yes those are sour grapes).
I have NSE on board..can you tell us what’s new for v4.0?
Peter, I have heard various features described. These include support for C-Map Max N cartography, limited functionality with the Go Free WiFi adapter, and support for new software on the BSM-2 sounder box that enhances its performance. Not sure what else might be planned.