While Fusion's super safe iPod dock is reassuring (see main story), there are increasing reasons to risk carrying one around on deck. On top of the iNavX and Navionics navigation apps for the iPod Touch and iPhone described last month, Palladium Technologies has developed an interface to its SiMON megayacht-monitoring and -control system for those same slick devices. That means a vessel's gauges and alarms can be repeated in any crew or owners pockets, delivered either via the yacht's WiFi network or cellular connection. Palladium will quote MySiMON systems on request, and hints that many more features are in development. The company has also just introduced the Apollo audio/video system that is not only multi-zone, but also allows for individualized selections from a wide variety of sources including video servers and the Web. Apollo touchscreen panels can also control climate, lighting, and window treatments. Or you can have portable control using an—you guessed it—iPod Touch.
This article originally appeared in the February 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.