From the first days I started interesting in technology I'm always looking on where technology can assist mariners.
When graduating the academy, my final project was a software that simulated a device for alerting and preventing collisions at sea. My friends advised me to go file a patent on that system which apparently there was already one. Now, this system is a standard for marine navigation and safety equipment called AIS .
I had some other thinkings a while after that did not got mature enough.
So, here is another free idea for the techies of you to take and implement, for the benefit of mariners.
I scanned this picture from the Turkish water Pilot book (sorry for the quality)
With all the GIS/GPS/Chart plotter applications and devices there are on the market these days, there is not a single application that can take my eye view and tel me what I'm looking at.
Where is the port entrance ?
Is the Rock I see is the one I should be aware of it's surrounding?
Is the red light I see from distance is a port entrance lighthouse or a traffic light in the background?
All of you who sail in foreign water know this feeling of how the fuck what i see in the map look in reality? how does what the pilot book photographed in day time look at night.
What I need is someone that can take the GIS information from the flat chart plotter and put this information vertically on my view, just like the small white lines in the Pilot book.
So... if you own a GIS/Emaps/GoogleEarth like application, please take my idea and make it a device.
Many lives and $$$ will be saved.