Last weekend at the Beaulieu Boat Jumble, we were very pleased to be asked to take part in the Practical Boat Owner’s “Ask the Experts Live” event. Paul Sumpner, our very own “Expert” gave a presentation entitled “Alexa sail my boat” which looked at some of the latest innovations in marine electronics.
The presentation covered four main areas; Apps, Internet Connectivity, Wireless Interfacing and the “Internet of Things Afloat”. The talk ended with a demonstration of how all of these new technologies in conjunction with the new Signal K open marine data format can come together to enable many new and exciting ways to access and use your boat’s data.
Despite Paul’s best efforts, Alexa stole the show giving up to the minute status reports on the boat’s progress and environmental conditions, via a free Alexa iKommunicate Skill. For anyone that missed the talk, a copy can be downloaded by clicking here.