The UX Development Story


The Problem

 

The wind blows in many directions

Sailing requires precise angular mental measurements to navigate to a specific destination.When the wind shifts, so does your course. This AR app concept teaches novice sailors how to find the ideal course to their destination. In high stress situations such as storms, the sailor’s attention should be focused on more important tasks than redrawing course angles.


The Solution

 

A dynamic navigation system

A dynamic Augmented Reality sailing navigation app that readjusts your course angles in response to shifts in the wind. Automating course navigation reduces the cognitive load, allowing you to focus on other important processes while sailing.  


A sailing Summary

Being an avid sailor of for the past eight years, I've learned the ropes of naval navigation and it isn't as intuitive as one would hope to be. 

The Background

 

Naval navigation is solely dependent on the direction of the wind. There is a 90° zone where the wind blows from that you cannot sail into. By doing so, you lose all your speed and stop moving forward.

Apart from the 90° of the the No-Go zone, there are many angles of which you can sail into. The fastest, most efficient angle of sail is 45° off the wind, otherwise know as a Close Reach. 

If your destination is in the direction of the wind, you'll have to zig-zag around the "No-Go" zone to make your way up the wind in the general direction you wish to go. The wind always shifts, and when it does, so does your navigational course. 


You can almost touch it

Augmented Reality is almost here. You can almost feel the digital atoms in your hand. By exploring the problems we face every day, we can start preparing new use cases for Augmented Reality. Now we just have to wait for Microsoft, Magic Leap, and Meta to release their products.

The Future