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Patent
Navico Inc. | Date: 2011-12-07

Sonar rendering systems and methods are described herein. One example is an apparatus that includes a transducer element, position sensing circuitry, processing circuitry, and a display device. The processing circuitry may be configured to receive raw sonar data and positioning data, convert the raw sonar data into range cell data based at least on amplitudes of the return echoes, make a location-based association between the raw sonar data and the positioning data, plot the range cell data based on respective positions derived from the positioning data and rotate the range cell data based on a direction of movement of the watercraft to generate adjusted range cell data. The processing circuitry may be further configured to convert the adjusted range cell data into sonar image data, and cause the display device to render the sonar image data with a presentation of a geographic map.


Patent
Navico Inc. | Date: 2011-11-22

A sonar transducer assembly for mounting to a surface watercraft includes a rectangular first transducer configured to produce a first beam defining a fan-shape and extending generally in a first plane. The assembly further includes a rectangular second transducer configured to produce a second beam defining a fan-shape and extending generally in a second plane. The first transducer and the second transducer are oriented such that the respective first and second beams insonify different first and second areas each extending laterally with respect to a running direction of the surface watercraft, and such that the first beam is outside of the second plane of the second beam, the resulting planar separation of the first and second planes of the first and second beams reducing interference between the first and second transducers.


Patent
Navico Inc. | Date: 2012-09-26

A downscan imaging sonar utilizes a linear transducer element to provide improved images of the sea floor and other objects in the water column beneath a vessel. A transducer array may include a plurality of transducer elements and each one of the plurality of transducer elements may include a substantially rectangular shape configured to produce a sonar beam having a beamwidth in a direction parallel to longitudinal length of the transducer elements that is significantly less than a beamwidth of the sonar beam in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal length of the transducer elements. The plurality of transducer elements may be positioned such that longitudinal lengths of at least two of the plurality of transducer elements are parallel to each other. The plurality of transducer elements may also include at least a first linear transducer element, a second linear transducer element and a third linear transducer element.


Patent
Navico Inc. | Date: 2013-06-12

Sonar rendering systems and methods are described herein. One example is an apparatus that includes a transducer element, position sensing circuitry, processing circuitry, and a display device. The processing circuitry may be configured to receive raw sonar data and positioning data, convert the raw sonar data into range cell data based at least on amplitudes of the return echoes, make a location-based association between the raw sonar data and the positioning data, plot the range cell data based on respective positions derived from the positioning data and rotate the range cell data based on a direction of movement of the watercraft to generate adjusted range cell data. The processing circuitry may be further configured to convert the adjusted range cell data into sonar image data, and cause the display device to render the sonar image data with a presentation of a geographic map.


Patent
Navico Inc. | Date: 2012-12-31

Described herein are implementations of various technologies for a method and apparatus for providing marine electronic data. In one implementation, a screen may display marine electronic data. A cursor may be provided that is movable by placement of a finger over the cursor. A request to display the cursor at a position such that the cursor is not obstructed from view by the finger may be received. The requested cursor may be displayed at the position on the screen.


Patent
Navico Inc. | Date: 2013-08-14

A sonar transducer assembly includes a housing mountable to a water craft capable of traversing a surface of a body of water. The sonar transducer assembly includes a linear downscan transmit/receive transducer element positioned within the housing, aimed downwardly, and configured to transmit sonar pulses in the form of a fan-shaped beam perpendicular to a plane of the surface of the water, and further configured to receive sonar returns from the sonar pulses and convert sound energy of the sonar returns into downscan sonar return data. The sonar transducer assembly also includes at least one sidescan receive-only transducer element positioned within the housing, aimed outwardly and downwardly, and configured to receive sonar returns from the sonar pulses and convert sound energy of the sonar returns into sidescan sonar return data.


Systems and apparatuses for interchangeable mounting options for a transducer housing are provided herein. Such a system may provide for easy change of mounting to a watercraft, such as between transom mounting, portable mounting, trolling motor mounting, and thru-hull mounting. A system for interchangeable mounting options of a sonar transducer to a watercraft may comprise at least one transducer, a transducer housing configured to house the at least one transducer, and a mount adapter. The transducer housing may comprise at least one upper engagement surface configured to adjacently engage the mount adapter to facilitate mounting. The at least one upper engagement surface may be configured to releasably engage the mount adapter to allow the mount adapter to be detached and removed without damaging or altering the transducer housing.


Patent
Navico Inc. | Date: 2012-02-10

A sonar transducer assembly includes a housing mountable to a water craft capable of traversing a surface of a body of water. The sonar transducer assembly includes a linear downscan transmit/receive transducer element positioned within the housing, aimed downwardly, and configured to transmit sonar pulses in the form of a fan-shaped beam perpendicular to a plane of the surface of the water, and further configured to receive sonar returns from the sonar pulses and convert sound energy of the sonar returns into downscan sonar return data. The sonar transducer assembly also includes at least one sidescan receive-only transducer element positioned within the housing, aimed outwardly and downwardly, and configured to receive sonar returns from the sonar pulses and convert sound energy of the sonar returns into sidescan sonar return data.


Trademark
Navico Inc. | Date: 2016-02-04

Sonars and sonar systems for fish finding, trawl sonars, echo sounders, echo sounder transducers, echo sounders and echo sounder systems for use in combination with marine positioning systems; sensors for catch control, namely, battery powered sensors mounted on the fishing gear which sense a catch, depth of the gear, temperature, trawl height of the gear, trawl door spread of the gear, trawl geometry, trawl mounted echo sounders, sensor measuring pitch, roll and yaw; marine radar apparatus; VHF-radios; marine communication radios; marine positioning devices, namely, plotters, automatic control systems for vessels being auto pilots, stationary and hand held/portable apparatus and instruments for global positioning (GPS); speed measuring devices, namely, speed indicators, electronic speed controllers; electronic marine speed logs, compasses and gyrocompasses.


Trademark
Navico Inc. | Date: 2015-10-05

sensors to be worn by humans to gather biometric data.

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