You’ve felt it before. You are looking at the horizon – maybe just outside a harbor entrance or along a coastline. It’s the first time you’ve made landfall here. You see where you are on the GPS, but you just aren’t certain that what you see ahead is what you think is on the chart. Is that the marker you think it is? So you stare at the chart more and repeat to yourself, “Red right returning.”
That’s all about to change with a new partnership between Raymarine and FLIR and their new ClearCruise technology. Now you use augmented reality – the same technology that made Pokemon Go a sensation – to know what you are looking at. Think of it as a monitor on your boat that labels the things you see. A video camera scans the horizon and the tech then overlays all the information so you know what is what.
This new technology will absolutely transform how power and sailing cruisers navigate inland and coastal waterways – especially when it’s the first time you have visited a particular location. ClearCruise is yet another example of how technology and innovation deliver the tools people need to go further and explore the world with confidence and ease. It will start with expensive systems for larger boats and make its way down. Imagine having this on all integrated into a tablet that you can hold up to the horizon – on a kayak or canoe or whaler.