Poseidon: God of the Sea

by Brian K. Lind
Reprint from PassageMaker Magazine – August 2018

As a kid I was always mesmerized by the digital touchscreen displays on the TV show, Star Trek.
Back then, the idea of a screen responding to the touch of your fingertips seemed like the epitome of a futuristic world.

Little did I know that the “future” would happen so soon. But even with the advent of smartphones, tablets, and touchscreens on nearly everything, I never truly felt that “future is now” feeling until I got my hands on Poseidon at the Seattle Boat Show this past January. Poseidon is a software package and user interface combo that runs on a bombproof marine-grade computer and is displayed on various touchscreens built by Oceanic Systems in the United Kingdom. What makes Poseidon unique is how it marries the collection of system data (like NMEA2000®) and digital switching with beautiful graphics and data visualisation. With this highly customisation system, you can gather engine info, speed, heading, and performance data, and display it on a touchscreen that shows only the data you want to see.