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Fell Marine will be showing their new wireless lanyard, the MOB+ at the Bassmaster Classic in Houston March 24-26, 2017.

We previously covered the MOB+ at MOB+ wireless lanyard from Fell Marine.

MOB+ image from Fell Marine web site

MOB+ image from Fell Marine web site

We commend Fell Marine for exhibiting their new wireless kill switch at the Classic. The Bassmaster Classic is a tremendous family friendly free event. Catch as much of it as you can and drop by Fell Marine’s booth at the Expo. If you can’t make it there, you can watch some of it online at Bassmaster.com.

Earlier we created and posted maps of the Bassmaster Classic sites in Houston and Lake Conroe attendees will find useful.

Below is a portion of Fell Marine’s press release:


Fell Marine logo

Fell Marine logo

The most exciting bass fishing event and the most innovative boat safety product come together next week at the 47th annual Bassmaster Classic. FELL Marine will be showcasing their wireless engine kill switch, the MOB+ at the Classic EXPO. Attendees are encouraged to visit FELL Marine at Booth 417 to see the future of marine kill switches. The FELL Marine Team will be on hand to talk about boat safety, explain how the MOB+ works and show how easy the MOB+ can be installed into your boat with all engine configurations. The MOB+ will be available for purchase, and attendees can register at FELL’s booth to win one of several MOB+ Basepacks they will be giving away during the event.

What is the MOB+? A wireless engine kill switch that installs with ease into your boat and can replace or work in tandem with a boat’s current manual kill switch. In order to get people to wear safety devices without compromising their style, look, and comfort, great design is imperative. But behind great design lies great technology. The MOB+ uses the proprietary WiMEA Protocol developed by FELL Marine. With its lightning-fast reaction time, 4D Antenna Diversity and AutoMOB features, it is like no other wireless protocol out there. By using state-of-the-art electronics and UniqueID technology, the MOB+ does not interfere with existing systems in the boat and will not be affected by other adjacent wireless systems. AutoMOB stops the engine automatically if the pilot falls over board and allows remaining passengers to restart the engine after 6 seconds to pick up the person in the water. The system can be universally installed in all boats with all engine configurations with simple plug-and-play connections.

The Bassmaster Classic is an event like no other in the industry, which features 52 of the world’s best bass anglers competing for more than $1 million on Lake Conroe, about an hour outside of Houston, Texas. The on the water event is complimented by the EXPO at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Arguably the largest event of its kind in the country, which exhibits the latest in bass fishing equipment and outdoor gear.

The FELL Marine Team looks forward to meeting as many attendees as possible and introducing the MOB+ to the bass fishing community.

Bassmaster Classic EXPO Hours
FRI, March 24, 2017 12 PM – 8 PM CT
SAT, March 25, 2017 10 AM – 7 PM CT
SUN, March 26, 2017 10 AM – 4 PM CT

About FELL Marine Inc.
FELL Marine Inc. (www.fellmarine.com) is a subsidiary of FELL Group AS. FELL Group AS is incorporated in Norway, and its principal subsidiary is located in the US. FELL, FELL Marine, WiMEA, AutoMOB and UniqueID are trademarks of FELL AS and/or its subsidiaries.

Representatives from marinas, boat manufacturers and marine stores are invited to stop by and talk to the FELL Marine team to be added to their growing dealer network.


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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 System

Warning Decal Strip at 2012 Bayliner Helm

Warning Decal Strip at 2012 Bayliner Helm

This invention has to do with displaying warnings based on the actual situations and conditions the boat is encountering or anticipated to encounter soon.

Background Information

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).

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Our Detecting People Near Boats More Reliably Using Optical Image Stabilization invention disclosure below was posted on 19 September 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.


Detecting People Near Boats More Reliably Using Optical Image Stabilization Invention

This invention has to do with improving the reliability of virtual propeller guard systems designed to detect people in the water near boats that may be in danger of being struck by the boat’s propeller. Read More→

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Today, August 29, 2011, we, the Propeller Guard Information Center, posted five RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) invention disclosures. While they have other implications as well, they were primarily inspired by problems surrounding boat engine kill switches (emergency engine cut-off switches).

We (Polson Enterprises and the Propeller Guard Information Center) initially retained all rights to these inventions (including their use in non-boating applications). However, one year later (29 August, 2012) all five inventions were placed in the public domain.

Existing lanyard boat engine kill switches (emergency engine cut-off switches) are used to kill the engine if the operator falls overboard. Boats often begin spinning wildly in the “Circle of Death” after the operator has been ejected. A boat operator that falls overboard while the boat is underway may be struck repeatedly by the boat and/or propeller as the boat circles.

Lanyard boat kill switches are rarely used by boat operators due to the hassles of hooking them up. Sensor based kill switch systems such as Autotether and MariTech’s Virtual Lifeline and CAST have began to address some of the hassles involved with using lanyards. Our RFID tag based invention disclosures illustrate a different sensor based approach with some additional advantages.

Our five invention disclosures are: Read More→

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Our Boat Engine Kill Switch System for Integrating With RFID Tags or RF Reflectors Invention disclosure below was posted on 29 August 2011. It is one of five related Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) invention disclosures we posted today. We will make no changes to the invention disclosure that begins with text below the horizontal 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 horizontal line marking the end of the invention disclosure. Read More→

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Our RFID Life Jacket / RF Reflector Life Jacket Used to Detect Human Presence in Boat Kill Switch Applications invention disclosure below was posted on 29 August 2011. It is one of five related Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) invention disclosures we posted today. We will make no changes to the invention disclosure that begins with text below the horizontal 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 horizontal line marking the end of the invention disclosure. Read More→

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Our RFID Clothing Used to Detect Human Presence in Boat Kill Switch Applications invention disclosure below was posted on 29 August 2011. It is one of five related Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) invention disclosures we posted today. We will make no changes to the invention disclosure that begins with text below the horizontal 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 horizontal line marking the end of the invention disclosure. Read More→

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Our non-unique RFID Fob / RF Reflector Used to Detect Human Presence and/or Human Proximity and/or Human Location invention disclosure below was posted on 29 August 2011. It is one of five related RFID invention disclosures we posted today. We will make no changes to the invention disclosure that begins with text below the horizontal 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 horizontal line marking the end of the invention disclosure. Read More→

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Our Implantable Non-Unique RFID Tag / RFID Chip / RF Reflector Used to Detect Human Presence and/or Human Proximity and/or Human Location invention disclosure below was posted on 29 August 2011. It is one of five related RFID invention disclosures we posted today. We will make no changes to the invention disclosure that begins with text below the horizontal 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 horizontal line marking the end of the invention disclosure. Read More→

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Our Shock Mounted, Forward Facing, Catchers Mask Propeller Guard invention disclosure below was posted on 15 August 2011. We will make no changes to the text below 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.


Shock Mounted, Forward Facing, Catchers Mask Propeller Guard Invention

Cowcatcher

Cowcatcher on Locomotive

Many cage type boat propeller guards focus on preventing people from contacting the propeller, not on moving people out of harm’s way. They form a nice physical barrier around the propeller with little regard for the damage that the barrier itself may cause to those struck while moving forward. Read More→

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