METS 2014: Navico GoFree, Simrad IS35, Victron Bluetooth, LCJ Capteur BaroPlug & more

7 Responses

  1. Sparky says:

    Great post. And great to see Navico still leading the way in leveraging IP / Web technologies and interfaces for the marine market.
    After reveiwing the PR … no GoFree for Zeus Touch?
    I hope Navico GoFree intends to offer upload/download of user data and online planning. My experience with the current Insight Planner … It is unusably poor.
    Airmar claims the DST900 will be available Spring 2015 and compatible with the DST800 thru-hulls.
    Garmin getting serious about the sail race market … I’m not holding my breath on that one.
    LCJ. They have to close the 5x price gap a bit before I can put that on my upgrade list. I am hopeful.

  2. Kees says:

    Sparky,
    As I read it the Zeus/NSS/HDS2 generation will not receive major software updates, only the current generation (Zeus2, NSx evo2, HDS Gen 2 Touch). Generally the marine devices seem to follow the Android pattern (updates for latest devices only) rather than the iOS pattern (updates for 3 gens back, but they will run slower.)
    However, in this case I would wait for the update and see. Maybe they find the engineering capacity to adapt the software to the previous generation of hardware.

  3. abbor says:

    Android devices typically get updates for at least 18 months from introduction. This is typically one and a half generation. The top models typically get updates a bit longer.
    I don’t think the CPU system of the previous generation units has capacity to handle all the new functionality and I doubt Navico has engineering resources to continue adding new functionality to older models.

  4. Sparky says:

    Mind that the Zeus line is still being sold retail. Its WAY too soon to EOL these units. Compute resources aside (abbor, curious where u got your info), a reasonable approach for sw development would be that the Zeus lines re-use significant chunks of code.
    I’d like a Unicorn too please 🙂

  5. Mic says:

    RE the BaroPlug. My Garmin GWI-10 wind transdcr includes air temp and pressure, on the NMEA2000 bus. Not sure why every vendors’ N2K based wind transdcr doesn’t include these critical measurements (PB200 not withstanding). Now, If I could get a nice barograph app to record the data and do analysis, set alarms, etc. Maybe some enterprising sailor will write a GoFree app. Hint, hint.

  6. Tom says:

    There is already an open source gofree web socket data logger on GitHub that would be a good starting point

  7. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Thanks for covering the show again this year! I very much enjoyed reading this. I am eager to see the DST900 come out as well. My existing ultrasonic speed sensor from 2006 has died, and had to deal with a wet bilge from sensor swaps for the first time this past season.

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