UX, Modern design process
In order to protect our waters we considered it important that the casing for all of the electronic system’s units to be environmentally friendly, made using 3D printing technology with biodegradable materials.
Sandblasting is used to clean the print, the layers are filled, and then three layers of paint and three layers of varnish are applied as surface treatment. The result is a perfect and aesthetically pleasing look for the instruments’ enclosure.
During software design we used the “5 plains of User Experience (UX) design”, which is a well-established methodology. This methodology encompasses the design process from the foundational product idea to the specific user-interface design. This is how the concept, product strategy, personas, use-cases, interaction and mindset models have developed, and from these the interface and visual design
The hardware units are available in bright white and matte black colors.
The on-board display is fixed using standard size VESA anchorage point, and the widely used RailBlaza accessories system, so that it can be moved, rotated, removed at any time etc.
Compatibility and Usability
We thought it was important not to develop a sensor network, since most ships already have conventional and accurate marine equipment and sensors (wind meters, speedometers, etc.), so we built our system to the NMEA 2000 standard and it supports compatible measuring instruments independent of the manufacturer. If necessary, we can recommend auxiliary instruments (e.g. a precise GPS). Thus, sailors using our intelligent products can retain their traditional instruments, without the need to break down the ship’s structure.
The product’s UX design process ensures that the product has passed usability testing; sailors with racing experience have commented and formed the resulting product.
Because the product is limited, the entry level series (Airmoniq S Series) can also be used on daysailer type larger boats, we have tried to make the user interface as simple and transparent as possible. In-software navigation and the use of the instrument are very similar to the use of a mobile application, except that the interactions have been simplified to the extreme and we have tried to minimize the navigational steps and the need for physical contact.
The central data processor of the product package can be easily connected to the existing NMEA 2000 network, and after configuring the wireless network, you can install the free downloadable tablet, phone and smartwatch applications (Android and iOS) on any smart device.
If the user buys a complete set of supplies and services, our colleagues carry out an electronic survey of the ship and make suggestions for possible electronic developments and install a fixed on-board unit. It only needs a fixed 12V power supply; the data communication is done on the wireless network of the central unit.