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post #5 of Old 11-21-2013
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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

None of yall can see the potential here? Heads up display (HUD)......? Vital information that you are looking for literally right in front of your face...always. Heading, course over ground, speed through water, speed over ground, vcg, wind speed and direction, etc.

This means no more looking for the tack ticks or at gps screen or having to leave the side of the cockpit to look at the binnacle compass or trying to read the compass next to the companion way far forward in cockpit.

It could help for cruisers to have a HUD for charts or/with radar overlay for coming into unfamiliar ports/harbors. Radar in front to of you during inclement weather or heavy fog.

This doesn't even touch virtual reality of incorporating AIS. When AIS targets within range you can see it pop up on display when you look in its direction (think fighter jet helmet). Or charts, seeing landmarks or structures on display, depth curves and semi submerged objects..

I'm not even getting into voice commands, just imagine asking for speed or course, or how far till way point. Voice can interact with above topics/paragraphs..

You can't just say oh its just some new tech that isn't going to be helpful before you actually know what it's capable of doing. This has HUGE potential in a lot of areas not just sailing.

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