The Vakaros Atlas 2 – the best rendering even better. • Live sail matrix
Vakaros was founded on a simple idea: to use cutting edge technology to improve the experience of sailors on and off the water.
Challenges on the water
The idea arose out of the founder’s frustrations as they watched sailors try to use existing technology that was far too limited in performance, slow to embrace new advancements, and incredibly difficult to use. Barely 3 years ago, the instruments largely offered only one function, could not be updated with new capabilities and relied on archaic technologies: AA batteries, wired connections, screens that did not work with polarized glasses, to name a few.
The original Atlas was specially designed to overcome these limitations. The company has combined powerful, state-of-the-art sensors with intelligent algorithms, a revolutionary user interface and a 75-hour rechargeable battery to redefine navigation instrumentation. By designing as many capabilities into the hardware as possible, this has allowed Vakaros to add new functionality with simple and easy software updates through the Vakaros Connect app. Industry-leading shift tracking, time-to-line, 10Hz data logging, and more – update after update, the Atlas just keeps getting better.
New – Atlas 2
Fast forward 3 years, and the Atlas still outperforms all other instruments on the water. That is to say until now. Behind the scenes at Vakaros, they’ve been working hard on a revolutionary new product that builds on everything the Atlas has learned and incorporates all-new cutting-edge technology. If you thought the Atlas was going to be a game-changer, wait and see what Atlas 2 can do.
A navigation instrument is as good as its sensors – as Vakaros co-founder Jake Kielman likes to say; “garbage cans inside, garbage cans outside”. For decades, every GPS product you have used has been limited to receiving a single channel of GPS signal, known as the L1 band. Constant and unpredictable variations in the upper atmosphere mean that these single-band receivers are basically limited to 2-3m position accuracy – good enough if you’re sailing through an ocean, but not so good initially. Atlas 2 is not only the first navigation instrument, but one of the very first products of any type to offer a GPS receiver capable of receiving both L1 and L5 signals. What does this mean in terms of performance? Truly revolutionary precision, with a position error of less than 50 cm. The Atlas 2 is the best GPS on the water.
The L1 + L5 GPS performance alone makes the Atlas 2 revolutionary, but of course there is more.
Compass accuracy? Measured in tenths of a degree.
Battery life? Almost a week.
Barometric pressure? Of course, another industry first.
Wireless charging? Naturally.
Powerful new speakers, a customizable array of LEDs, the list goes on and on.