Inspired by nature
Scientific expertise from bionics
To develop the Yachtview 360° system, the research and development team used inspirations from nature, integrating findings from bionics (the application of biological methods found in nature to the study and design of engineeering systems) into our technological solution. One of the most successful flying predators since the time of the dinosaurs, the dragonfly, uses an advanced visual perception system providing a 360° field of view. To achieve this, its compound eye neuronally links myriads of simple sensors.
Today, many yachts already make use of multiple cameras, alas, they only provide single images (possibly on multiple screens). We've seen yachts with 36 monitors on the bridge - which might do for a traffic control center, but on a boat, this surely generates more confusion than clarity and overview. The separate single image views on multiple monitors present lots of redundant information. It is this information overkill that actually distracts a skipper from taking proper actions and making decisions, as the time to evaluate all these redundant informations is simply too long. In the end, most of the latter is completely irrelevant for decision making on board.
This information overflow produces more headaches than anything else. Were the eye of a dragonfly to work with such unfiltered single images, controlled motion and flying would simply be impossible. The solution lies in the neural linking of the constituents of its compound eye.
Reduction to the optimum
The View Processing Unit (VPU) of the Yachtview 360° system comprises sophisticated algorithms to compound the single images into a holistic view. Yet another bionic concept, the hyperbolic view, is used to filter relevant information from irrelevant noise and details, focusing on what really matters: The extent of the boat and its near surroundings. Important aspects are presented in larger proportions than insignificant ones. For example, consider mooring: Horizon, buildings, trees and other far-away objects are displayed in reduced size towards the edge of the view. In contrast, the yacht itself, as well as the near surroundings, including pier, nearby boats, and crew at the railing, are displayed towards the center of the view, amplified in size. In this way, the skipper sees everything - but weighted in such a manner that no irrelevant balast clouds his visual perception of the situation at hand. But Yachtview 360° is more than just a bird's eye view. The most important regions of interest for a maneuver are highlighted such that relevant details are easy to identify.