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Posted on Feb 27, 2012 in Next Cast
Sport Fishing Mag
As promised in my Feb. 10 blog, I’m circling back to offer more detail on the new Vesper WatchMate Vision, which debuted to the public at the Miami International Boat Show, Feb. 15-20. In fact, not only did Vesper Marine display the Vision for show visitors, the product also won an innovation award in the consumer safety equipment category from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International. Read More
Posted on Feb 17, 2012 in Next Cast, Miami Boat Show
Sport Fishing Mag
Furuno has taken its TimeZero technology and employed it within the industry's first multiple-touch multifunction display -- the NavNet TZtouch. Multiple touch means users can control the touchscreen much like a smartphone display with two-finger gestures like pinch-to-zoom. Furuno also added a rotary knob to make adjustments in rough sea conditions where touching the screen could be difficult. Customizing windows to show sounder, plotter, radar and other data is simple with drag-and-drop positioning. Read More
Posted on Feb 11, 2012 in Next Cast
Sport Fishing Mag
I compare the unveiling of new electronics products – whether from mega-companies like Apple or smaller marine manufacturers — to the adrenaline-soaked moments I had as a child on Christmas morning. So I’m dying to share what I saw during a dinner meeting last night with Vesper Marine’s co-founder Jeff Robbins. Vesper, a New Zealand company that builds AIS (automatic identification system) products, entertained boating and fishing writers this week primarily to offer a sneak peek at its brand new WatchMate Vision, a touch-screen Class B AIS transponder with Wi-Fi. Read More