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Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

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Does anyone actually have either of these ? What do you think of it ?

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I have a racegeek. After some fiddling it works as advertised except that I have not yet been able to get any nmea data out of it (via wireless) but I'll admit that I have tried that much. The display is excellent with good readability in different light conditions. The app also works well and i like the interface. 

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We're happy to answer any questions either here, PM, or contact us through our site. Our first round of pre-order Atlases ship in Q3. We're currently doing testing now and through the summer - we'll be posting updates from the sailors helping us do this across various classes.

You can read about our design process on our blog

- Todd & Jake

https://www.vakaros.com

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If it's any help Judd Smith paid for his own d10 and Bruno Pasquinelli gave us some very direct feedback. I'm sure you'll get a straight up answer from either.

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Talked to the guys that use the race geek on juds boat, they hate it compared to the velocitek tactic combo. Jud likes the big numbers though. The big problem is that the buttons have a weird delay where you have to time it rather than just hit the button. Apparently when they ping they press the button about a second before the mark then release it when your exactly on the mark. Much bigger problem when working with the start timer because it’s not always apparent when 1 second before the gun actually is. But jud likes big numbers so the guy he’s paying at the front of the boat just has to deal with it.

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This does take a bit of getting used to, mostly because people instinctively expect it to work like a smart phone where as the d10 is set up to work in a wet environment with salt wet sails and ropes flicking off the surface.

The buttons trigger when you lift your finger off the screen. So you get the physical comfort of touching something while you wait for the ping and the accuracy of a lift vs a push and lift.

The actual touch required is 0.3 seconds. If a 1 second error is an issue the 4 minute can be synced to by just pressing the circle again. We did look at adjusting the times based on when the button was pressed, but it didn't actually make a material difference to performance on the water. Based on feedback  trust in distance to line is a lot more important.

The reason we went for touch is that it removes the perishable buttons and reduces the mechanical challenge in terms of waterproofing the unit, which should make it more reliable and last longer.

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when's the next batch coming out?

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