Originally Posted by simonpickard
I'm a little confused with this thread.
"However, we noticed on another users forum we belong to that a person has sidestepped installing a new plotter and had all the sensors connected via wifi to his iPad."
I'm not sure you can do that? I thought currently all you could do is still have the plotter, and then mirror that display on an iPad. I'd love to be proven wrong but I don't think you can leave the plotter out of the equation at the moment (although I'd love to).
Radar seems to be the tripping point.
That's my understanding as well. Probably for a few reasons:
1) The current
manufacturers have every interest in keeping the status quo. So they won't be the first to release an app that negates all that fancy looking hardware
and relegate themselves to the sensor-only business.
2) It would mean a whole new development effort... they would have to redevelop all their core
modules to be much more efficient.
3) They would have to share their sales with Apple since apple gets a cut for every app that sells on their app store, and they own that avenue unless you want to jailbreak your pad.
They are not the first industry with lack of foresight but in the end, they are just another domino.
Tablets are on the cusp of destroying the multifunction display market... just a few advancements are needed, including screens that are easier to see in the daylight (which are coming). I doubt that any of the existing chartplotter
companies own patents on the display technologies they use, so it would be easy for a vendor to incorporate them into an Android tablet for example.
Waterproofing can be done already.
These companies will hem-and-haw about how tablets don't have enough processing power to handle chart plotters. They must be totally unique in the history
of all industries because there has yet to be any app that couldn't run on a good tablet when programmed efficiently.