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    Advanced racing instrumentation. Check out the Vakaros Atlas-- vakaros.com/atlas​​​​​​​

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    Vakaros

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    Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

    Thanks for all the kind words OMT! One quick note: consider putting the Atlas above the RaceMaster in this setup. Since the RM protrudes over the Atlas, you'll get better GPS performance by swapping the two units. The boom won't hurt the GPS - you just don't want something directly over the Atlas. Excited for you to see what's coming!
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    Vakaros

    Thanks Glaze!
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    Vakaros

    [Todd] I'm sympathetic to this as a software developer. I'd say the chances of an on-device API are low for a lot of reasons, but we will be providing an API over BLE. I'm curious what people would like to do and how many want to do it.
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    Vakaros

    Yep, we track declination but had it disabled while testing. You'll get the option to turn it on in the next release as well as have the finished start screen. Same with bow offset. Everyone seems to have a different taste for dampening, so we're going to offer two options: manual dampening per "channel" or an automagical adaptive dampening that we hope will be the easier option. Thank you. We've certainly put a lot of effort into it and wanted to have the best display possible. It's always fun for us to see people's reaction to the display. All things slotted for the coming update. Lot to say about all of these features - we'll try to get some info out prior to the release. That's a cool idea. How to convey all the information at a start is always a much debated topic @ Vakaros. We're looking forward to having some great options for you to choose from. Pretty close to an initial release. It's a pain developing for both platforms. Expect the first version to be pretty limited and new features and abilities introduced incrementally. Thanks for all the kind words and feedback; it's tremendously helpful!
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    Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

    Here’s a few thoughts to provide some perspective on Vakaros, the Atlas, and why deliveries are behind schedule. Just as there is room in the car market for Teslas and Toyotas, we think there is room for sailing instruments at all levels, from the Atlas to a Racegeek or ProStart. The design goal for the Atlas was simply to deliver the highest level of performance on the water, by any measurement. We believe it does that. Meeting that goal required creating a product that is far more complex than any of its competitors, from the use of a fully graphic display and integrated battery with 3+ full days of runtime to developing sailing-optimized sensor fusion algorithms running on a custom OS. As with any well designed product, most of this complexity will never be seen directly by the end user, but is essential to delivering on all the little details that set the Atlas apart, like superior accuracy at the starting line and a customizable display that is incredibly vivid in the sun. All of this capability is packed into a lightweight instrument that is as easy to install and use as a ProStart. Have we made mistakes along the way? Absolutely. Creating a complex, tightly integrated product comes with a lot of risks, especially for a small startup. Developing state-of-the-art hardware from scratch and delivering it on a deadline isn’t easy, a fact that companies as large and well-resourced as Tesla and Apple can attest to. The Atlas has taken longer to develop and produce than we expected, the result of many unforeseen challenges that appeared along the way. We’ve learned a lot of hard lessons, and gained experience that will be incredibly valuable going forward, as we develop other sensors and products for the Vakaros ecosystem. We are delivering the Atlas to each and every pre-order customer, including the many who we know personally. While the delays were never part of our plan, developing a state-of-the-art sailing instrument was, and we are thrilled to see the production Atlas exceeding even our high expectations for performance. We are proud of every unit we ship out the door, and we look forward to standing behind them for years to come. See you on the water, Todd & Jake
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    Vakaros

    Hi All, We completely understand the frustration with slow deliveries and we’re sorry we haven’t done a better job of communicating. We’ve been really focused on Atlas production and have struggled to balance that with keeping everyone up to date. Here’s a few updates on how things are going, and some reflection on things we’ve learned along the way: Atlas Production: We’re working to get caught up on our backlog, but it continues to be a slower process than we would like. We’ve been working through some challenges in our manufacturing process that unfortunately didn’t reveal themselves until we started producing units in higher volumes. In particular, we’ve been struggling with poor yields on a critical step where two components are glued together with little margin for error. This left us with a difficult choice between forging ahead using a slow process that sometimes produced quality parts, or taking time away from production to resolve the problem. We ended up completely redesigning our automated adhesive dispensing robot, addressing issues that we had discovered with the first iteration. The new version is now up and running, and working much better, with increased speed and a far higher yield. Supply chain: This is an area we did not give enough consideration to in developing our production plan and timeline for the Atlas. We didn’t appreciate just how painful late deliveries, long lead times or supplier problems can be for a small, new hardware company, and it has been a difficult (and expensive!) learning curve. We’re finally on top of this now, primarily through holding a lot of stock for critical items, and validating multiple suppliers. Building a small business: This is never an easy task, and the process has given us tremendous respect for anyone who takes it on, succeed or fail. We made a conscious decision early in the development of Vakaros not to seek outside investment--we’ve seen what happened to other sailing technology companies that went down that road, and we don’t want the Atlas to end up as another undeveloped afterthought to a larger companies product line. We invested our own time and money to carry the idea as far as we could, and then turned to all of you for help getting it over the finish line. We’ve been overwhelmed with the response from sailors around the world, and we’re tremendously grateful to everyone who has supported us. Vakaros would not exist without you. Right now, we’re 100% focused on finishing Atlas shipments for all of our pre-order customers as quickly as we can. Production parts for all pre-order units have been ordered, and the majority have arrived. Delivery is now just a matter of manufacturing time. We’ll also be making a concerted effort to do a better job communicating updates and responding to questions. As part of that process, we are working on expanding our team--if you know someone who is passionate about sailing and has a software engineering, manufacturing or marketing/communications background, please ask them to get in touch via careers@vakaros.com ! Thank you again for your support and patience, Jake and Todd
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    Vakaros

    It's a 4.4" LCD, 320 x 240. All the tech specs for the Atlas can be found here: https://www.vakaros.com/atlas-tech-specs/ Display layout can be customized to match boat and preferences, with dense, information rich screens, graphical displays or simple layouts with big numbers. The Atlas supports digit size up to 40 mm height (two metrics, portrait), or one at 60 mm (in landscape).
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    Vakaros

    Definitely. We're certainly frustrated that we haven't been able to ship units out as quickly as we had planned. Setting up manufacturing in the USA has proved more challenging than we anticipated, largely due to some of the ongoing global trade instability. As a small company launching our first product, adapting to unexpected increases in lead times and disruptions in component supply isn't easy, and has produced some delays. Now that we've resolved those issues, we're working to increase the Atlas production rate and fill all of our outstanding pre-orders. Units are shipping out as quickly as they come off the production line, and we expect to complete shipping of all pre-orders before the end of March. We really appreciate the support and patience of all of our pre-order customers. We wouldn't be here without you, and can't wait to put the Atlas in your hands.
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    Vakaros

    Here's a couple pictures from a Marstrom 32 that might help you get a better sense of scale: Physically, the overall size of the Atlas is small (you can put it in your pocket), even though the display size is comparable to a Prostart. This is one of the design features that allows the Atlas work on boats as small as a Laser and as large as a Farr 40. We've also put a lot of effort into display clarity, sunlight performance and viewing angles. The anti-reflective coating on the Gorilla Glass and optical bonding between the glass and the display make a huge difference in the sun.
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    Vakaros

    We've started shipping, and early customers are now receiving their units. Getting our supply chain and manufacturing process set up so that we can do assembly in-house has taken longer than we hoped, but is an important part of delivering a quality product that we are proud to stand behind. Now that we have that process running smoothly, we're 100% focused on delivering units as quickly as we can put them through the extensive assembly, testing and validation process. We've built up a large backlog of orders that we're working through, and thus we plan to end the pre-order period and 20% discount on February 3rd. We're tremendously appreciative of all of our pre-order customers, and can't wait to put the Atlas in their hands! --Jake and Todd
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    Thoughts on Novasail VS Prostart

    You may also want to take a look at the Atlas. It outperforms the alternatives on pretty much every measure, from starting and shift tracking to screen clarity and battery life. A few key differences: Performance: The Atlas is the highest performance racing instrument on the market, thanks to the combination of an 18 Hz GPS, advanced gyrocompass and inertial sensors. This translates into greater accuracy at the start, with more accurate pings and zero lag in distance to line. The Atlas can even make a prediction of your time to line, helping you decide when to pull the trigger for the best possible start. Display: The display on the Atlas is fully graphic, meaning it isn’t limited to showing just numbers, and can easily be updated with new features over time. It’s also incredibly vivid in the sun (and has a red backlight for use at night), and is perfectly clear, even when wearing polarized sunglasses. Shift Tracking: Doing this well really requires a magnetic compass, as GPS COG is both slow to update, and can be impacted by current. On the Atlas, shifts can be shown graphically, as a number, or both. You can even look at a full screen stripchart between races to get a longer term picture of what’s happening with the wind--how big are the oscillations? How often? Future capability: The Atlas is designed to get better over time, with regular, free software updates to add new features and capabilities. A few things we’re working on: waypoint navigation, live data display on smart watches and tablet charting integration. An online analytics platform for reviewing your data is coming soon as well. It’s also ready to work with a range of wireless sensors we’ll be bringing out over the next year, from wind to speed through water and beyond. You can learn more about the Atlas at vakaros.com/atlas. It’s currently available for pre-order at 20% off, and the pre-order period will be closing soon. The feedback we’ve gotten so far has been phenomenal--check out what a few pros have to say about it:
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    Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

    We wish we could (the Atlas even comes in a perfect gift box!) but we're overwhelmed with demand right now. We're working to expand and automate our manufacturing process as quickly as possible so that we can work through our backlog of orders. The fastest way to get an Atlas is to pre-order and reserve a production slot--current orders will be shipping in Q1 2019.
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    Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

    Yes, the Atlas can calculate current using a combination of magnetic heading, paddlewheel, GPS and inertial sensor data. Combining the information we get from all of the different sensors helps the Atlas deliver a more accurate current measurement. Thanks to the graphical display, it can be shown as an arrow or number of any size. The Atlas can also show a map of current measurements taken over a small time window--useful in trying to get a sense of how current varies across a race course or in a channel.
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    Anyone Going to METSTRADE this year?

    Vakaros will be there, though just walking the show rather than a booth. If you'd like to check out the Atlas or chat about the future of sailing instrumentation, definitely let us know! Feel free to get in touch here or at sales@vakaros.com