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"I realize this, but did not want to advise designing a system with a whole lot more than 500mA coming out of a 12v USB adapter."
Supplying more than the minimum can't hurt, except for the adapter itself consuming a bit more power and that's a "maybe". No telling how smart any adapter is, or if it is dc-to-dc or an analog regulator in there. And if someone DOES plug in an iPhone or a Droid, the extra power means it will just charge faster.

"While Raymarine may only "speak" SeaTalk (of various generations), many of their autopilots have input terminals to "listen" to non-proprietary NMEA."
Yes, but since he asked for something to speak SeaTalk to his autopilot, I'm rashly assuming his autopilot only speaks SeaTalk.

Ray-whatever they are calling themselves this week, is making a big fuss over their new displays that supposedly will integrate all sorts of toys directly with WiFi and BT, giving you a "wireless boat" and local hotspot. Which sounds all wonderful in theory, but I'm thinking, imagine a dozen boats all trying to be in the same place (as usual) during a race, and they've all got wireless systems, and now...maybe they're going to start getting confused about what's on which boat.

Oh yes, I see great potential in there. Helmsman, navigator, tactician, onboard hacker perhaps?

Or, maybe Ray will release an iApp, at an appropriate price that doesn't undercut their own market.
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...Yes, but since he asked for something to speak SeaTalk to his autopilot, I'm rashly assuming his autopilot only speaks SeaTalk..
I think he wants his iPad to be able send commands to his autopilot. He probably mentioned Seatalk because that's the only jargon he's heard about for Raymarine. I assumed that he doesn't care what language it is, as long as it works.

Either way, the suggestions are out there now, and he can use them as he wishes.

It's easy to be cynical about all the new product offerings. I'm just happy maximizing the utility of what I currently have. When it breaks and needs replacement, I'll start worrying about what new stuff is available.
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I think he wants his iPad to be able send commands to his autopilot. He probably mentioned Seatalk because that's the only jargon he's heard about for Raymarine. I assumed that he doesn't care what language it is, as long as it works.

Either way, the suggestions are out there now, and he can use them as he wishes.

It's easy to be cynical about all the new product offerings. I'm just happy maximizing the utility of what I currently have. When it breaks and needs replacement, I'll start worrying about what new stuff is available.
Agreed, work with what you got.
If I'm buying new no way is Raymarine or Garmin getting my business. It better chart, plot, control auto pilot, surf the net, watch tv and movies. If it isnt a multi tasker, I have no need for it anymore.
I love tech and the marine manufactors are behind the curve imo.
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MX Mariner looks like a rip off of OpenCPN. Perhaps they have used parts of the code in porting over. Would be a shame of this were true and they are asking $7 to download it.

I'll stick with navigating using OpenCPN, and USB puck, and my laptop or netbook.
Hi, I'm the developer of MX Mariner and also a contributor to the Opencpn.org project. MX Mariner does not share any code with OpenCPN... yet. However, I do plan on posibly integrating some code when I get to supporting vector charts and AIS. MX Mariner does look similar to OpenCPN since I'm borrowing the icons. On the other hand, I contributed the icons to OpenCPN a few years back with the help of the KDE Oxygen icon project. So, to answer this, MX Mariner is in no way a rip off. In fact the core of MX Mariner is open source and published on my git hub account. I hope this clears things up.

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