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Using a wireless device as part of a marine multifunction display (MFD) split screen

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247301D
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 348K

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Abstract

This disclosure refers to using a wireless device (such as a SmartPhone or Tablet) as an extension to a marine multifunction display (MFD). When setting up a split screen on the MFD, the user would be able to select a wireless device such as a cell phone or tablet that is connected to the multifunction display via cellular, Bluetooth or WiFi for use as part of the split screen display. The user could select to wirelessly send any viewable page from the MFD display to the mobile device display.

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Using a wireless device as part of a marine multifunction display (MFD) split screen

Abstract:

This disclosure refers to using a wireless device (such as a SmartPhone or Tablet) as an extension to a marine multifunction display (MFD). When setting up a split screen on the MFD, the user would be able to select a wireless device such as a cell phone or tablet that is connected to the multifunction display via cellular, Bluetooth or WiFi for use as part of the split screen display. The user could select to wirelessly send any viewable page from the MFD display to the mobile device display.

Description:

Currently, wirelessly connected mobile devices can only repeat the screen displayed on the MFD. They usually cannot show a page that is not currently being displayed on the MFD.

The wirelessly connected mobile device would allow a user to separate the valuable information between the two screens, giving them more viewing area to display that information.

In one embodiment, a user could setup a custom split screen on the MFD where elements (panels) of the screen are shown on a selected wireless device instead of on the main MFD display.  For example, the user could set up a custom split screen where Chart and Sonar are displayed on the MFD screen, and Sonar is displayed on the wireless device.  Then, whenever this screen is selected for display, the MFD would display Chart and Sonar, while the wireless device would display Radar.

In a second embodiment, a user could select any o...