The new Garmin Nautix-In-View display, mounts on your sunglasses and provides quick access to important data from your chartplotter.
The “Feather Weight” Nautix-In-View display is “Google Glass” for marine devices. It is a tiny screen that communicates wireless with your compatible chartplotter. So far compatible chart plotters are the Garmin GPSMAP 7400/7600/8400/8600 series
The devices is reasonably light weight (29.7g) but Garmin calls that Featherweight – I would hate to see that bird…. as a Peacock tail feather weighs in at around 0.75 – 1 1/2 grams. So it weighs the same as 20-30 peacock feathers.
Revision A of Garmins 8000 Series (8008,8208,8012,8212, 8015, 8215 & 8500) are now available online.
No mention of the CAN interfaces so far though – but matches up quite well with the Garmin new GPSMAP 700 (721/741) series where the 12 pin sonar connector is not mentioned and the Network port is reserved for “future use”. So it seems like Garmin are keeping some goodies for later.
According to Garmin on their earnings call today Oct 31st 2012 – they will refresh their Marine GPS lineup in 2013.
This is a rewritten “fun” quote from the call. “Our Marine electronics tends to have longer life-cycle than other markets and normally last 2-3 years – and we are now putting a lot of R&D into Marine”
Ohh well Garmin – Your youngest marine device is now 3 years old… So you just told your market that the current line-up has expired according to sell by date. 🙂
There was not much else about marine on the call. It feels like Garmin is stumbling to complete their future offerings in the marine segment and would rather not talk about it.
The only consistent news on the call was that earnings Q3 2012 is 7% less than Q3 2011. But according to Garmin that was due to the market conditions. Unfortunately Navico is not public listed so we cant check against Simrad/Lowrance. But according to FLIR earnings webcast on the 25th – Raymarine sales was down 11% in Q3 2012 vs Q3 2011 – despite having new and more modern devices.