• First Wash of the Season

    by  • April 6, 2013 • 0 Comments

    This afternoon, between the rain downpours, I was able to get a window of about an hour and a half to wash the boat. It was the first wash of the season. We’ve had far nicer days this spring, but the marina doesn’t turn on the water at the docks until mid April. Even...

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    Bluetooth(r) Low Energy Taking Off

    by  • April 4, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Arduino Bluetooth Smart

    Recently IMS Research published a rosy forecast of 3 billion units in 2017 for dual mode Bluetooth products including Bluetooth Smart Ready devices. They site the success of the 3 critical “hubs” identified by Bluetooth SIG for growth: Mobile Phones, TVs and Personal Computers. It is great to see this strategy put in place...

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    Bell Harbor Marina

    by  • April 2, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Bell Harbor Tower

    After our first outing of the year, we just arrived back into our home mooring at Yarrow Bay Marina. We spent the past few days in Seattle at Bell Harbor Marina. Since it is only about a 10 mile drive, it may seem odd to some people to cruise to Seattle from Kirkland. However,...

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    Not Time Lapse Photography

    by  • April 2, 2013 • 0 Comments

    I tried a couple of time lapse photography apps while in Seattle. The results were less than appealing. In fact, watching them were enough to make me queasy. This was because in my tests the camera was moving between shots resulting in a very unstable video. After spending a bit of time reviewing what...

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    The Final Four

    by  • April 1, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Final Four Logo

    The Final Four is now set; Louisville, Wichita State (really Ohio State?), Michigan and Syracuse. Louisville was the only #1 seed to advance. The Big Ten has one team remaining (Michigan) however it wasn’t Indiana, the #1 seed from the conference. The Big Ten had two teams in the elite eight as well. With...

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    Time Lapse Photography

    by  • March 30, 2013 • 0 Comments

    I’ve been toying with the idea of using time lapse photography to capture some of our boating adventures this summer. My first instinct was to write an app that did what I wanted. However, a quick check revealed many apps that do time lapse photography for free, or for a few dollars. I’m going...

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    NMEA Protocols for Data Exchange

    by  • March 29, 2013 • 0 Comments

    There are two popular formats for marine sensors to provide data to other devices: NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000. Both these formats are maintained by NMEA. The NMEA 2000 format is far newer then the NMEA 0183 format. New equipment has migrated to NMEA 2000, but most new sensors have outputs for both formats...

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    Mobile Device Support

    by  • March 28, 2013 • 0 Comments

    With a new navigation setup and a couple of new sensors providing interesting information regarding the boat, I thought I was all set. However, I quickly discovered that I didn’t want to have to fire up a PC and Admiral 11 in order to see what the temperature was. I wanted to have that...

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    Let the Updates Begin

    by  • March 27, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Dart EC2800

    The first thing I needed to update on Satisfaction was the navigation system. Satisfaction has a Datamarine “Dart EC 2800” chart plotter onboard, but only at the lower helm. I don’t know how old that thing is, but it is old. It uses cartridges for maps which can’t be updated and are very difficult...

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    Indoor Positioning Heating Up?

    by  • March 26, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A couple of years ago at the Bluetooth All-Hands Meeting, Nokia demonstrated an indoor positioning technology. About six months later, work officially began in the Bluetooth SIG to standardize that technology.  Almost another year later, the Accurate Mobile Indoor Positioning Industry Alliance was formed to “drive innovation and market adoption of high accuracy indoor...

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