Onboard with Raymarine’s new ClearCruise Augmented Reality technology

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

10 Responses

  1. Pretty cool to see AR features coming to the marine world. I use Marine Traffic’s AR feature like this in congested waterways and harbors on my iPad, and a similar one with FlightRadar 24 when I’m being a plane guy. Both are OK, but tend to be a bit on the barfy side while looking at them. Glad to hear this one is a bit more stable, and look forward to seeing it in the real world.

    I think some of this, like the FlightRadar 24 one, are more gimmicky than anything, but what they do show is a new approach to how you can consume data and see the world. That part makes me happy, being a super tech nerd, because folks are pushing the boundaries, and eventually we will have more useful features in general.

  2. John Livingston says:

    So, where is the review of the stabilized binocs? I need a pair and am about to spend all my accumulated Amazon charge card points on some Fujinon TS-1440s, but sure would like to hear what you ended up getting and what you think of them. Thanks!

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      John,

      I will try and do a review of the binoculars at some point in the near future. I have a pair of Nikon StabilEyes 14×40 that I’m thrilled with. I bought them refurbished from Defender. I don’t have any hands on expereince with the TS-1440s but can tell you the magnification and objective lens sizes are both a good compromise for reading important details from the helm. I would guess on a normal day underway cruising I reach for them a half dozen times or more. The battery life on mine has been excellent. I’ve owned them a year and a half and replaced batteries once. They seem ruggedly built and I’ve had no issues with them of any sort. Hope this helps.

      • John Livingston says:

        Thanks, Ben. I looked at the Nikons you mention above and was struck by how similar they appeared to the Fujinons I’m considering. Here’s a review from Amazon from a guy who bought both, and ended up with the Fujinons. I sure wish these designs were more current!

        “Compare Nikon StabilEyes vs Fujinon Techno-Stabi
        May 2, 2006
        Comparison of image stabilized 14×40 binoculars: Nikon StabilEyes versus Fujinon Techno-Stabi.

        The great thing about image stabilization is that you can use greater magnification. Without stabilization, every muscle movement, every step you take, every wave under your boat or bump under your vehicle makes you lose sight of what you’re looking at. That’s why the ordinary birder’s binocs use 7x or 8x magnification, while these beauties use 14x magnification.

        The Nikon and the Fujinon must be made under the same patent or license because they’re nearly identical, down to insignificant details of the battery case. There are only two differences.

        The first difference is that the Nikon has a switch that let’s you put it into two modes: “land” and “on board”, whereas the Fujinon is always in “on board” mode. The “on board” mode is more general, it compensates both for movement of your platform (walking, boat or vehicle movement) AND for movement of your hands, whereas the “land” mode only compensates for movement of your hands.

        The second difference is that for me the Fujinon is better, in its one mode, than the Nikon is in either mode.

        The problem with the Nikon is that there is just a bit of jitter. I only noticed it when trying to see the finest detail. It’s like watching a movie, you see a tiny bit of a jump between the frames of the movie. The Fujinon is as smooth as silk. I could see detail with the Fujinon that I couldn’t with the Nikon in either mode.

        This comparison cost me $100 in restocking fees from BeachCamera.com. I got the Fujinon from LandfallNavigation.com.”

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    LightHouse 3.7 is out now, and Ray has also put up a simulation of the ClearCruise Augmented Reality feature. See how you can click AIS, nav aid, and waypoint augmentation on/off with onscreen buttons (there should be more of):

    http://www.raymarine.com/clearcruise/#simulator

  4. Andrew Clark says:

    Hi Ben, any insight into whether the other MFD makers (eg, Furuno) are innovating along these lines? Seems Ray is going all out with these cutting-edge capabilities but I don’t hear anything from the other corners. Thanks.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Well, even though ClearCruise AR uses a regular video camera, I suspect that FLIR is very much involved as they are so expert at video processing. And while FLIR used to open all their marine thermal cam features to every MFD brand — Furuno, Garmin, and Navico can integrate most FLIR cams quite well — that is not true so far of the original ClearCruise solid object highlighting feature, which only works Raymarine LightHouse 3 MFDs (and M232/132 cams). I’m just finishing up an entry about testing that form of ClearCruise and it sure looks to me like FLIR/Ray are blazing a trail that may be hard for others to follow.

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