Device texts where others can’t
Maine-based DeLorme, a developer of personal satellite communications and navigation technology, has launched its newest product, inReach SE (Screen Edition), a satellite communication device that can both send and receive text messages even when in parts of the world where cellular communications are limited.
Using DeLorme’s Earthmate App (www.AppStore.com), inReach SE pairs wirelessly with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to access topographic maps and NOAA charts. The system is also compatible with Android devices.
It offers global SOS capabilities, adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to four hours, and remote real-time follow-me/find-me tracking and ping-me locating. In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to describe and update their situation so proper resources can be deployed.
InReach operates over the Iridium satellite network, providing global two-way satellite communications, network reliability and low-latency data links (less than 60 second delivery of messages end-to-end) anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas.
Suggested retail price is $299, with annual satellite subscriptions beginning at $9.95 a month. A list of retailers is available at www.inreachdelorme.com.
Electronics connected wirelessly
New Jersey-based Kessler-Ellis Products (KEP), a manufacturer of marine displays, has partnered with Veedims (Virtual Electrical Electronic Device Interface Management System) to introduce a new operational platform that enables mariners to manage and operate any collection of electrical and electronic devices on a vessel.
“Upon our introduction to the Veedims technology we were quite simply blown away,” said Keith Cariani, sales manager of KEP. “Not only will we sell, support and warehouse the systems’ hardware, we have begun integrating Veedims technology into our own displays with remarkable results.”
Veedims’ technology eliminates traditional wiring harnesses and manages power and data through a single cable architecture to integrate electrical and electronic systems. It features a standard array of sensors to create an intelligent automated network that can be programmed, controlled and managed on the vessel or remotely, with varying degrees of redundancy as required.
Veedims eliminates extra power supplies and long cable runs back to a power panel. Instead, a single Veedims cable is daisy-chained between Veedims Vhubs and Veedims-enabled devices throughout a vessel.
“While there is some level of automation aboard vessels today, there is rarely a connection between subsystems such as engines, lighting and even displays,” Cariani said in a news release. “All are complex, require a lot of cabling, and have specific and often proprietary interfaces. Veedims changes all of this by creating a simple integrated, automated system that turns practically any component aboard a vessel into a ‘smart’ device and enabling all devices to be programmed, monitored, controlled and managed from a single sophisticated display. This is truly progressive technology that will dramatically change our industry.”
For more information, visit www.kep.com or www.veedims.com.
Caddy helps with outboard transport
California-based Davis Instruments has introduced the Motor Caddy, a strap to make hoisting and carrying most small-sized outboards easy and safe.
The Motor Caddy provides a self-centering handle that works when lifting motors by hand or with a lanyard or hoist. Its longer harness strap fits up to four-stroke models. A shortened security strap provides extra protection when transporting streamlined engine cases.
A loop tensioner and adjustment buckle make the harness easy to customize to the shape and size of a variety of outboard motors from 2-15 hp. After adjusting the tension, the user snaps together the glass-filled nylon buckles to fasten the harness. Releasing the harness is equally simple.
Marine-grade, UV-resistant materials and hardware ensure that the harness can withstand tough conditions, even in semi-permanent installations. The Motor Caddy retails for $29.99.
For more information, visit www.davisnet.com.
New mitt helps dry overheads
Ft. Lauderdale-based Star brite has introduced the Reggae Pad, a microfiber, absorbent mitt fit over a triangular base and attached to an articulating pole that makes the once-tedious chore of drying large areas of glass, vinyl or fiberglass overheads simpler.
Unlike a chamois mop, the mitt stays where it’s put. When saturated, simply remove the pad, wring it out, and continue. It can also be used without the plastic base for working in tight areas.
Just as with Star brite’s Reggae Mitt, Reggae Sponge and Reggae Mop, the Reggae Pad can also be used with soapy water to clean, or used dry for dusting applications.