Si-Tex 15, & a naive idea

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. b393capt says:

    If you take “Opensouce” to include a combination of published source code with an ecosystem approach where people could publish add-ons (Free or paid, source code or not) that an end user could selectively include in their charplotter, then my thoughts would be …
    Although, I would think Garmin, and to a lesser extent Raymarine, would be much better positioned to reap the benefits of an open source strategy, this appears to be a sound strategic direction for this vendor to consider. Especially if they a) added an ethernet port, wi-fi port, nmea 2000, seatalk, and maybe even bluetooth and/or pcmia laptop style port
    b) have proven initial compatibily with the entire suite of instruments from one or two marine networks of the vendors most used in the racing community (imagine dropping in your own algorithms for determining how your instruments should correct and display information for various conditions, and arranging remote control and display via one or more PDA platforms)
    c) have proven capability with some of the precision sensors available from maretron and/or others
    … then this could be category killer that, after getting enough participation in the racing community and add-on’s available in the ecosystem, could later succeed in the recreational market.

  2. b393capt says:

    In making my comments above, I think the racing community is more able and more compelled to make the investment in such a product that has no installed base, and have access to the skills and be compelled to deal with the issues around a product that could potentially require many frequent software updates during it’s initial year or two.

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