Garmin Nautix-In-View sunglass mount display

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.

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Major Garmin software update for 5×7/7×1/800/1000 and 8000 series

Garmin has sent out a major software update on June 30th 2014. The software update has

Garmin GPSMAP 741xs on boat
Garmin GPSMAP 741xs and other new GPSMAP devices gets a big software update

a lot of new features I for one have cried out for. Kudos to Garmin for listening! Garmin seem like they are really upping their game and catching up with Navico/Simrad/Lowrance and Raymarine.

So if you have one of the latest generation Garmin GPSMAP devices the software update in general covers:

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Manuals for Garmins new 8000 series are available for download

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.

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Installation Manual

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Operations Manual

The quick start manual is completely garbled – but Garmin might update that – so here is that link as well

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Quick Start Manual

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Garmin close to shipping new 500/700 series and Echomap Series products

It seems like Garmin is getting close to shipping the Garmin GPSMAP 500/700 Series and the Echomap 50/70 series. Today the manuals went online on Garmins website.

Garmin new Series 700 GPSMAP
Garmin new Series 700 GPSMAP

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Garmin launches Wi-Fi Marine Adaptor

Garmin has launched the Marine Wi-Fi Adaptor so you can connect to your GPSMAP with Garmin Marine Network products via WiFi.  The price is $199 with POE (Power Over Ethernet) injector.

The product looks a lot like Ubiquity Pico Station wireless Access-point. The picture at least shows it as a Pico Station M.  So lets see how much different they are in real life.+

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Garmin Marine products will be refreshed in 2013

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.