San Francisco, California (PRWEB) January 22, 2014
– Boaters facing rough seas soon may be able to leave the Dramamine® behind, thanks to breakthrough marine technology being demonstrated at this week’s San Francisco Boat Show by the Bay Area’s own Velodyne Marine and inventor/entrepreneur David Hall.
Hall and his team of engineers will demonstrate the latest version of Velodyne Marine’s series of experimental vessels, “Martini 1.5,“ a 37-foot, powered catamaran so dubbed for its ability to keep the contents of a martini in its glass – even at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and in nearly five-foot swells.
Velodyne Marine’s “Martini 1.5” demonstrates a scalable, stable system that can be designed into any recreational, commercial or military vessel, thus paving the way to safer and more comfortable nautical travel in rough waters.
David Hall, CEO and founder of Velodyne and inventor of numerous audio and other innovative technology products – including subwoofers, headphones and the LiDAR sensors that have become the industry standard for autonomous vehicles. He’s also a victim of what the French refer to as “mal de mer” or “seasickness.”
Velodyne Marine will offer demo rides on “Martini 1.5,” a one-of-a-kind, experimental ocean-going catamaran that has the potential to transform recreational, commercial and military travel in the roughest of seas by significantly reducing the incidence of seasickness.
Just as an automobile’s shocks stabilize its ride, Hall’s patented technology absorbs a vessel’s yaw, pitch and roll using two independent, stepped planing hulls attached to a deck by control arms. Four electro/pneumatic actuators – one acting on each corner – actively stabilize the deck. An onboard Velodyne-designed master control board receives inputs from onboard linear accelerometers, pressure transducers and a three-axis gyroscope and provides output to Velodyne-designed motor controllers and pneumatic solenoid valves – one pair of which controls each actuator. For the most recent video of Martini 1.5, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqA9M8B6E5o.
January 23-26, 2014
The San Francisco Boat Show
AT&T Park and McCovey Cove
Founded in 1983 and based in California’s Silicon Valley, Velodyne Acoustics, Inc. is a diversified technology company known worldwide for its high-performance audio equipment and high-definition LiDAR sensors for autonomous vehicle applications. The company is widely recognized as the leading manufacturer of high-performance, low distortion powered subwoofers and an expanding line of technically innovative in-ear and over-ear audio products with interchangeable custom-designed skins that enable audiophiles to personalize the look of their headphones. Velodyne products are available online at http://www.velodyne.com and from a select group of authorized dealers, custom installers and distributors worldwide. Since 2007, Velodyne’s LiDAR division has emerged as a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of high-definition LiDAR sensor technology used in a variety of commercial autonomous vehicle applications, including 3D mapping and surveying. For more information, visit http://www.velodynelidar.com.
About Velodyne Marine
Having conquered laser navigation technology, in 2009, David Hall unveiled the Velodyne Marine System, a feedback system based on computer-automated electro/pneumatics. Just as an automobile’s shocks stabilize its ride, Hall’s invention absorbs the yaw, pitch and roll that can lead to an unpleasant voyage. Today, the second-generation experimental “Martini 1.5” accomplishes this using two independent, stepped planing hulls attached to a deck by control arms. Four electro/pneumatic actuators – one acting on each corner of the deck – actively stabilize the deck. An onboard Velodyne-designed master control board receives inputs from onboard linear accelerometers, pressure transducers and a three-axis gyroscope and provides output to Velodyne-designed motor controllers and pneumatic solenoid valves – one pair of which controls each actuator. Velodyne Marine (http://www.velodynemarine.com) is currently is working with naval architects to offer a next generation of commercially available vessels.