Digital Yacht's Signal K campaignOct 29, 2015
In this example, Digital Yacht's iKommunicate box would allow smart devices to get onto an NMEA 2000 network. iKommunicate would also work with NMEA 0183 data.
Digital Yacht, a marine electronics company headquartered in the U.K., recently unveiled a somewhat different product development strategy: using Kickstarter to fund an interface box call iKommunicate that uses the new open source Signal K approach to connecting marine electronics with the so-called "Internet of things." The idea behind Signal K is to allow smart devices like phones and tablets and more to get into boat networks as peers. The iKommunicate box would be a interface box that helps make that happen.
Digital Yacht's Kickstarter approach seems to have struck a nerve in the marine electronics realm. After only a few days the campaign has blown by its original goal of $20,000 and as of this post has raised more than $80,000 for the iKommunicate Signal K box. It certainly appears that this project is going forward.
Even if you're not ready to contribute to iKommunicate development, head over to the Kickstarter page anyway, there's a great write up and video on what Signal K is and its possible significance for the future.