The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the world’s largest exhibit of the latest in gadgets. It’s where you go to see the largest TV in the world or a robotic laundry folding machine. This year it’s an automated break baking machine that’s getting a lot of attention.
It’s not a show that typically displays marine tech, but why not? Marine technology is transforming how consumers experience boating whether it realates to safety, access, convenience, or just plain fun.
Furrion got things rolling at CES by plopping an 80-foot superyacht from Numarine right on the showroom floor complete with advanced AI technology Sure, just make room on the exhibit floor over there, next to the home robots and latest drones.
As we have said before, we love stunts in boating, and when they involve bleeding edge tech, we’re all in. In this case, technology company Furrion from Elk Grove, IL, has brought a virtual assistant to yachting. They did it in partnership with Numarine, a maker of luxury yachts based in Turkey.
This news might seem from another planet for most boaters given the pricetag in the millions of dollars. Yet there’s no doubt that AI is going to become far more widespread on land an sea. This launch at CES represents a bit of a milestone for AI in boating, even if for the .5 percenters.
The basic idea here is that a boat owner can talk to Furrion’s “Angel” to command a variety of systems. This includes environmental controls. Facial recognition enables a high level of security so a thief doesn’t hop on and say “let’s get out of here, Angel.”
“It is incredible to see our vision of Adonis be a reality here at CES,” Matt Fiddler, co-founder and chief marketing officer for Furrion, said in a statement. “Furrion’s history is rooted in marine, and now we are able to combine the best of our technology and futuristic innovation to deliver an experience unlike any other. The addition of Angel gives consumers an always-present assistant, regardless of their Internet connection.”
A group of engineers founded Furrion who met while working together on a megayacht. They got a taste of the systems that high net worth buyers wanted. They founded a company devoted to helping the wealthy experience remote places either by land or sea.
It’s easy to see where all of this could go for the everyday sailor or power boater. You could ask your boat simple everyday things like “what’s my battery charge?” or “how much longer on this course?” or “what’s my gin supply look like?”
The only barriers to making this a reality are having the sensors, the system to take inputs, and the human/AI interface. With all the development in AI today – and with every venture capitalist leaning forward when they hear “AI,” you can bet this tech is in the future of boating. If it makes it all more fun or easy, then let’s go.