Most of my posts about the starship Datawake focus on the geeky components… console systems, the holodeck, exotic digital radio, studio-grade audio processing, and so on. But this boat is home as well as lab, and many of my projects are unglamorous, non-blinking tools for simply improving the quality of life aboard. This post covers a few […]
Garmin Ltd (www.Garmin.com) announced that is has acquired Active Corporation, the developer of ActiveCaptain (www.activecaptain.com), a recreational boating database and community which was co-founded by Jefferey and Karen Siegel. The Siegels are full-time cruisers whose crowd-sourced content comes from their 1.5 million cruising subscribers around the world. At the time of the acquisition, ActiveCaptain reported […]
USB devices are as prevalent on the boat as at home – guests bring devices that require it, I have a ton that need it, and not just your cell phone or tablet. There’s an Amazon Echo which handles all of our music, a Garmin inReach to keep us safe, and a Raspberry Pi that […]
Have you ever wondered why your depth sounder and chart do not agree on the suitability of a planned anchorage, or why all of the charts you have onboard show four mooring balls in that remote island cove you’ve chosen for the night and there are only two — both of them occupied? If so, […]
I’m always on the look out for a compact, well performing, easy to use computer for the sailboat. Over the years, I’ve used some rugged tablets, laptops, and other creations, but none have been able to run the software I need while still being easy enough to use. I have been a hardcore Mac user for […]
Datawake was named for a central theme of this project: slurping information from a wide variety of sensors, presenting it on a console, then leaving a wake of data astern. “Sensors” come in a many flavors, and I use the term to include status bits, temperatures, radio traffic, video, navigation data, network and server logs, motion detectors, and anything else that […]
Want to fly a drone from your boat? Our friends at Slowboat.com share their tips from many hours of flying drones up and down the Inside Passage from Olympia, Washington to Sitka, Alaska.