Gadgets are go at SIBS

The 52nd edition of the Southampton International Boat Show is in full swing and the small yet mighty gadgets and tech innovations are creating quite a buzz. 

Launched at the show, Escape’s portable loudspeakers from Ultimate Stream (stand E035) are weatherproof, wireless and rechargeable, giving over eight hours of high-quality sound indoors or outdoors. 

Making its world debut on the Marine Energy Systems stand (J399), the Ajax wireless security system is designed to guard and monitor vessels and their safety whether at sea, or in the marina, at anchor or on the hard. Marine Energy Systems will also be showcasing the latest technology to prevent underwater corrosion with EasyAnode. 

Another new boat monitoring system just launched and on show for the first time at Southampton is NE1Connect Ltd’s Boat-Hawk which enables users to view, set and alter alarms from home with the boat’s information viewable on smart phones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Chromebooks and Amazon Fire (stand 412). 

Seaview is demonstrating Fendertex’ inflatable textile fenders for the yachting market (stands J334 & J335). The Fendertex line offers cylindrical, spherical, and tandem fenders alongside a wide range of customisable textile fenders and accessories.

On show for for the first time in the UK and Europe, Ocean Arts is showcasing its Marine Shield lightweight UV strip paint. This painting system enables sailmakers to apply strips of UV coloured paint onto sails, instead of having to use traditional sewn on UV strips or different colour fabrics, so boat owners, clubs, sailing schools and manufacturers can design really creative sails whilst still ensuring longevity through UV protection. 

The world’s first ROKK Wireless 12/24V waterproof charging phone mat from Scanstrut is also on show at SIBS (stand J416). Designed to install onto any flat surface, the phone sits on the mat with edging bumpers designed to stop it sliding out, whilst the Qi-certified wireless charging technology with foreign object detection and intelligent thermal cut-off, guarantees safe and reliable charging in all environments. 

The connected world is, as predicted, proving key this year and if ‘working from home’ really means ‘working afloat’ then Cactus’ 4G Xtream from Digital Yacht offers connectivity at up to 300MBs and up to 25 nautical miles offshore (stand J417). 

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