CrewWatcher, the app-based man-overboard alarm system from Weems & Plath, just won the prestigious DAME award at the METS boating trade show in Amsterdam. When we first wrote about CrewWatcher last month, we said it was so good it “seems like a no-brainer.”
The system consists of an app-based smartphone or tablet alarm and a small beacon that fits in your pocket. In giving the award, the DAME jury said, “CrewWatcher should be the winner because of the particularly simply and intuitive user interface of its smartphone app and the way in which it seemed easy to use right out of the box.”
The beacon does not require manual activation. When it’s dropped in the water, it sounds a loud alarm and then gives the lat/lon coordinates, the time and a guide back to the person in the water all on screen. And it costs only $89.
The DAME Design Award is the largest marine competition of its kind in the world. It focuses on the art and science of design, including styling, functionality, innovation and ease of use.