The latest gadgets to set your pulses racing
SiM2 Grand Cinema
A top-of-the-range projector is the best way to recreate the cinema experience on board. The C3X Lumis 3D-S is a box of tricks from Sim2 that projects 3D images using ‘triple flash’ technology, which means that the watcher’s eye gets three ‘flashes’ for each ‘frame’ of the digital movie, resulting in a 144 per second frame rate, (a typical home cinema rate is 122). If it sounds a little ‘volume level 11’, it isn’t: it’s the standard used in cinemas for 3D projection, eliminating the twin curses of domestic systems: ghosting and flicker. It serves screens up to 300 inches, with prices starting at £30,000 (including two pairs of 3D glasses). You won’t find yourself ever needing to visit the cinema again.
Final Audio Earphones
Though they may be small, every single aspect of Final Audio’s earpieces has been optimised to enhance the listening experience. Pressure rings inside ensure that no sound is distorted and there is even an air-pressure adjustment vent to equalise pressure throughout the unit. The metal housing keeps vibration from affecting sound quality. In fact, the external housing is constructed in a special alloy. The units are available in chrome, copper, stainless steel and brass housings, each of which creates a different sound characteristic. You’ll notice there is no silicon or plastic earpads – the company says that these can distort sound.
KVH Tracvision HD11
If you’re looking for truly global satellite TV coverage – and any globe-trotting yacht will need to keep their guests happy – there’s a new solution from KVH. The TracVision HD11 is a first – a global HD sat system that operates seamlessly wherever you are in the world. With its universal DNB and Ki and Ku band tracking, it means that there will be no more hardware changes and software updates to the on-board kit as you cruise from one satellite area to another. KVH’s one-metre antenna can track satellites from the horizon to overhead (there’s 100 in the system’s library and more can be added by guests and crew), and it boasts what the makers say is “the highest signal gain in its class”.
News from the tech world
Savage Marine has launched a new range on interior LED downlights. In 5W and 10W versions, the lights come with three white options. A series of different casings are available, and the customer can also choose the colour, lens and whether the light is a fixed or swivel unit.
Oculus YachtEye Portable
The customisable YachtEye infotainment system from Oculus is now available in tablet form. It works alongside an existing YachtEye system, and if guests bring their own iPads on board, they can make use of a special app to access the system.
The latest KEF Blade speakers not only continue the stunning design of the range, they also pack in a host of audio upgrades, with a four-driver array that the company claims offers stunningly clean and coherent sound across the frequency range. A pair costs £20,000.
This feature is taken from the November/December 2011 edition of SuperYacht World. Click here to buy the issue for your iPad.