Just when you thought your smartphone did everything, now it can do more! Vexilar is always working on technologies to improve a fisherman's time on the water and now they have kicked up a notch to allow any angler the ability to have "High-End" sonar right at their fingertips.
I will be putting one of these to the test in the upcoming open water months and hope to have some feedback and photos of the unit in action.
Take a look at what Vexilar has to say:
SONARPHONE WiFi Technology Changes the Game
Vexilar, a marine electronics company for over 50 years is now poised to make a shocking leap forward in marine sonar with the launch of their newest project:SONARPHONE
As the name implies, SONARPHONE turns your smart phone or tablet into a fully functional sonar system that will rival any high end sonar on the market today. Using Patented WiFi signal technology to transmit to smart phones or tablets. You don’t need cell phone coverage to use it, the SONARPHONE will work anywhere in the world. The SONARPHONE creates its own WiFi hotspot and you can share your signal with as many people as you wish, the software App is downloaded for free from the App store and works with both Android and IOS systems.
“Please don’t compare this technology to radio frequency or Blue Tooth sonar technology. These are just fun “toys” and cannot be used by serious fisherman or boaters, as they are limited to sending small amounts of data with 1/10 the range of the SONARPHONE.” Stated Tom Zenanko, Project Manager from Vexilar. “To be clear, this is not a WiFi repeater that requires you buy a fully functional sonar system and then sends just an image of the display for you to watch on your tablet. SONARPHONE is a stand-alone, fully functional, touch screen, high definition sonar system that will rival any sonar display on the market at a fraction of the price.... In the sonar world, little has changed in the last 30 years. The type of display offered by sonar companies has been the driving force in price. For sure the big names in Sonar will not want to hear about SONARPHONE since they are married to their own types of display technology. Current sonar system displays are ten years behind the display technology used every day at home and at work. The type of sonar display you have greatly controls the price you pay, and if you want the newest touch screen sonar systems, better be ready to spend a fortune... Since most people on the planet already own a smart phone or touch screen tablet, you can now turn it into a truly high definition sonar system starting as low as $149.99.”
SONARPHONE will be offering limited world-wide distribution in 17 languages in 2014 and is available in three different configurations: The T-POD, a completely portable floating WiFi transmitter that can be cast from shore or pulled behind your boat, canoe or kayak. The T-BOX options come in either a portable system with a carry case to hold the battery and suction cup mount to put on your boat or you have the more permanent versions that securely mounts in your boat and uses your on board, 12 volt battery supply for nearly unlimited run time. All SONARPHONES come with a neoprene arm band so you will have easy and safe access to your phone display at all times.
To see the SONARPHONE in action, simply go to www.vexilar.com