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.