SailTimer News

Voice Interface in updated SailTimer Wind Gauge™ app

The Android apps for the wireless, solar-powered SailTimer Wind Instrument™ have had an uppgrade. First, the SailTimer Wind Gauge™ app is shown above.  Version 2 of this free app includes a traditional wind angle display (true and apparent).  Also wind direction on a compass, with both Magnetic-North and True-North reference.

Audio interfaces are becoming more accessible in cars and at home such as Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Bixby. Skipping the screen is also useful in sailing where your hands are busy and you may be watching the sails and the action up ahead.  So a Voice Interface has been added to the SailTimer Wind Gauge™ app. Now you don’t have to squint to try to see your screen out in the bright sun; the app can just tell you the wind conditions.

Faster Bluetooth connections with API update on Android

The SailTimer API™ is a free toolkit that receives Bluetooth transmissions from the Wind

Instrument, and hands off the data to a navigation, wind gauge or performance app for viewing.  One of the advantages of the wireless Wind Instrument is that there are a range of features and apps that can be used, depending on your preferences (see list of apps here for both iOS and Android).  Version 2.0 of the SailTimer API™ is in the Google Play store now.  The new version adds new Bluetooth technology for fast, reliable connections to the Wind Instrument across most Android devices. 

Many controls have been automated in version 2, so the API uses a simple interface with most information on one panel.  There is also a new advanced menu item for compass fine-tuning.  The new version continues to transmit even if the screen is turned off to preserve battery power. If you lose the signal, the API will reconnect automatically if it is open.  It also remembers your Wind Instrument and auto-connects when you come back to your boat.




SailTimer Wind Instrument™:  The most advanced masthead anemometer, and the lowest price.  Among the many innovations, it has a digital compass right in the wind direction arrow.  That makes it is the first masthead anemometer to work with rotating masts. It is submersible, and small enough for dinghy sailboats.  It is the only masthead anemometer designed to work equally well when sailing along heeled over, because of the unique wind cup design.  There are even two amazing mounting options for raising the anemometer after your boat is in the water, without having to lower or climb the mast.   

The 2017 model is in production now, and the manufacturing is scaling up.  If you have a pre-order already, it is difficult for us to project exact shipping dates in advance, we expect to have inventory in stock and no more waiting list and by around the end of May.  All orders should be shipped out between now and then, in the sequence orders were received.

Until then, you can still get a place on the waiting list for the earliest delivery at a pre-order discount price of $350

SailTimer Mini-Server™:  For using a wired anemometer with apps and the cloud.  It can rebroadcast all incoming NMEA 0183 data on wifi to apps, and is the only NMEA-to-wifi device with crowdsourcing to exchange data with live wind maps. That means you can check live wind conditions on your boat from home or office.  In stock now



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