AquaWear – Enabling Next Generation Wearable Navigation

With over 600m iPhones, 200m iPads, 1.5 billion Android devices and over 1.5m Android device activations daily, the smartphone market is truly huge and fully penetrates into the boating sector.  Its growing so fast that by the time you read this, the figures will be out of date!

A smartphone makes a great product for marine navigation with a user friendly interface, colour touch screen display and plethora of innovative apps for just about any application.  However, a smartphone needs to connect to your boats’ systems to maximise their capabilities and data processing ability and that’s where the new AquaWear servers come in


AquaWear wireless data gateways are the solution for integration with an industry standard NMEA interface enabling connection with legacy and the latest generation of navigation electronics.

AquaWear WLN20

The new AquaWear WLN20 gateway connects to your on board instruments, GPS or AIS systems and wirelessly streams data to your mobile device.  Its local “hotspot” typically footprints boats up to 25m LOA and you don’t need internet access.  Pop your smartphone into the supplied wrist band and start wearing your nav data on your sleeve.  It’s intuitive, easy and moves with you and of course allows you to choose from 1000’s apps to suit your app!

aquawear system

Easy NMEA Interfacing With Multiple Inputs

The AquaWear WLN20 features two NMEA 0183 data inputs (4800 and 38400 baud compatible) to allow interfacing with all common marine electronic navigation and instrument systems.  It’s waterproof and tough and just needs a 12/24V supply and data feed.

wln20 system

It is app “agnostic” with its open data standards so suits all the developer community.  Digital Yacht also have a range of iOS, Android, MAC and PC apps for charting, AIS and instrument displays.  Take a look at iAIS and NavLink for iOS and AISView for Android

With standard TCP/IP and UDP wireless protocols, it can communicate with iOS, Android, MAC and PC and can support multiple devices so all your crew can be connected and larger screen devices such as iPads and PCs enabled below decks.

aquawear arm lr

The supplied, splash-proof padded wrist case suits the majority of 4” & 5” smartphones – with or without a waterproof case fitted.  Of course, you’re free to choose from a plethora of 3rd party waterproof cases and arm-straps to suit your needs.  The AquaWear server data feed is totally wireless so there’s no cables or connectors to tangle up!

The WLN20 will be priced at EUR299/US$349

We’re excited about this great new concept and the  new AquaWear WLN20 which will start shipping shortly. We’re launching at IBEX2014

Download a preliminary brochure from HERE and have a look at the video below

Plus just announced 22nd October – AquaWear has been nominated for the prestigious DAME award at METS 2014


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