Overview:Afterguard System Makes America’s Cup HUD Technology Accessible
Sailboat racing has evolved with the technology era and is now driven by data and instrumentation. The difference between winning and losing is the ability to adapt a carefully orchestrated plan to the ever-changing natural and competitive environment, faster than the competition. Having the right information at the right time can be that difference.
The Afterguard system, with patent pending technology, provides this information by combining a fighter pilot style HUD with boat instrumentation data to give the best situational intelligence and performance metrics at a glance, on a small display mounted on sunglasses made for the harshest of environments. A number of screens and features are available to the user:
At a glance the user will know with certainty how the boat is tracking to the start line, freeing the crew to concentrate on the speed build and competition, for the perfect start. This is made possible by the intelligent time-to-kill metric that uses the boat’s current heading and speed to calculate the exact amount of time the boat must kill before crossing the line precisely at the gun.
The Performance Dashboard displays the relevant information to any given crew member, from the helmsman to the trimmer. Metrics include:
• Boat speed
• Speed over ground
• Wind angle (true and relative)
• Wind speed (true and relative)
• Polar targets
Virtual Tactician removes the guesswork associated with making a mark or clearing a boat. By tracking the user’s gaze and combining it with the system’s data the user will be able to make split second tactical decisions without relying on a hand bearing compass, lines marked on the deck or other basic means. Simply put, the user will be able to look at another boat and gauge whether they are ahead and whether there is room to cross.