There’s an App for That
Innovation: Nautical mobile applications
How It Came to Be: Navionics released the first generation of its popular application in late 2008, and since that time, iterations have been steadily improving. Offering excellent nautical charts with tidal, current and weather information, Navionics’ recently released 5.0 version also includes a user-generated content (UGC) feature, in which users can input on-the-water data and view information others have input as well — all in real time. The Navionics app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices, and perhaps its most innovative feature is Plotter Sync, which Navionics has been working on for some time with Raymarine. This function allows you to synchronize routes and waypoints from a mobile device to a Raymarine chart plotter via a wireless network.
Why It’s Unique: Mobile marine apps are as cool as things get. Factor in wireless interaction between these apps and marine electronics, and you’ve got a whole new ballgame in the making.