Originally Posted by goboatingnow
As to the dedicated plotter. This have come down in price
and now include free charts. Also you'll be a while waiting for radar
on an iPad methinks
I'm having conversations with multiple manufacturers right now. I suggested a technology that they haven't been considering to allow radar to be displayed on a multitude of devices (iPhones too). There's a merging happening with all of these display devices - TV as well - and we should be able to display instrument data, including radar, on any of the screens. I would be shocked if digital radar interfacing to these general screens didn't appear in the next couple of years. I first mentioned this on Panbo about 8 months ago.
Even without these new radar devices, there are quite a few people using iPad's and Android tabs right now to display live radar with their existing configurations. It isn't really great right now but it will work. It involves using the pad as a screen repeater to display whatever is on a PC over WiFi
. So if you have Nobeltec
, Coastal Explorer, etc. showing radar on the PC screen, whammo, it's on the iPad too.
iPad screen repeating is a little sluggish right now - you won't see the radial sweep on the radar. But it's fine for seeing targets on the radar.
That said, I think there will always be a place for dedicated navigation hardware
(like my own helm). It's just that pads and phone
and TV's will also be there for auxiliary displays and for backup.