Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, communicated today that its e7 multifunction display was chosen for the prominent IBEX Innovation award for Innovative OEM Electronics at the opening of IBEX 2011, held in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The IBEX Innovation Awards are organized by NMMA and judged by BWI (Boating Writers International).
When selecting winning products the BWI recognizes products for innovative distinction, benefits to the marine industry, practicality and benefits to consumer, and overall cost effectiveness.
“This compact navigation solution brings multiple features, including built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to a marine multifunction device. Where Apple iPad integration, pop culture and intuitive operation meets useful maritime technology,” said BWI Judge Alan Wendt.
In addition to built-in Wi-Fi integration with iPads and iPhones, the e7 is equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology. Bluetooth connectivity lets boaters control and reconfigure the e7 with the optional RCU-3 wheel-mounted or handheld remote control unit. The RCU-3 remote can also be used to control the audio playback on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod remotely so that these devices can be stowed safely out of the elements.
“Raymarine is honored to win this prestigious award,” said Jim Jones, Director of Southeastern Sales for Raymarine. “With the e7, Raymarine is very excited to integrate navigation and wireless technologies for boaters. Mobile computing has changed our everyday lives by providing us with anywhere access to information and now the e7 lets boaters access charts, sonar, radar and thermal night vision from anywhere on board.”
The affordable e7 multifunction display offers options for radar, AIS, marine weather, and thermal night vision. The e7 is also available with a built in high definition digital sonar, making the e7 a highly affordable yet powerful chartplotter/fishfinder combo.
The e7 is remarkably easy to use, with Raymarine’s HybridTouch™ technology allowing boaters to choose touchscreen or keypad control, and the new LightHouse user interface, which makes customizing the MFD layout and display as easy as dragging and dropping on-screen elements where the user wants them.