We’re all familiar with dedicated electronic chart plotters for navigation afloat. Since the introduction of GPS about 25 years ago, dedicated marine plotters have become the back bone of modern electronic navigation systems. But whilst smaller 4 and 5” plotters have tumbled in price, larger 8-15” devices remain stubbornly expensive. The cost of the electronic cartography can also be high and you’ll often be hooked into a closed or proprietary “eco” system for accessories, upgrades or extra features.
Consumer devices like the iPad do offer an alternative and with iPad sales now approaching 200 million units to date, they bring an economy of scale but also, importantly, a network of software developers making niche apps – many of which can be useful for marine utilisation.
The core iPad hardware revolves around a high resolution 7.9” or 9.7” touch screen display. With screen resolutions now at 2048 x 1536 pixels for…
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