Our Boat Intelligent Warning System (BIWS) invention disclosure below was posted on 29 November 2012. We will make no changes to the text below the line following this paragraph except to correct misspellings, punctuation, and to update html/computer codes and links. Any updates to the invention will be posted below the invention disclosure.
Boat Intelligent Warning SystemThis invention has to do with displaying warnings based on the actual situations and conditions the boat is encountering or anticipated to encounter soon.
The effectiveness of conventional warning decals and placards on boats is reduced by: (1) The shear number of warnings displayed on the boat, (2) repetitive exposure to the same warnings, (3) some warnings fail to draw attention to themselves and thus are not read, (4) warnings are often not up front and prominent just before an action needs to be taken.
One method to minimize these difficulties is to display only those warnings relevant to the current situation. A reduction in the total number of warnings being repetitively constantly displayed at the same time reduces “warning noise” and results in more attention being focused on the most relevant warning(s) at that time.
The invention consists of four components or subsystems:
- The display – where the warnings are shown
- The sensors or gauges – many of them are already on the boat
- The network – several boats already run CANbus systems
- The software or logic system used to select which warning(s) to display
- The computer / the brains – a computer system the software runs on, stores the warnings, reads the inputs (sensors), uses the software to decide which warning(s) to display, and issues the command to display specific warning(s).