This year SuperyachtDESIGN Week 2016 (SYDW) promises to continue building on its recent success by attracting charismatic speakers, from within and without the industry, who will be joined by delegates as knowledgeable as those who are on stage. Each who attends will have their own reason for doing so, be it quality networking or a desire to listen to, and learn from, some of the industries most experienced figure heads. SuperyachtNews.com’s attention will be fixed firmly on tomorrows technology and trends.
Since 2013 the superyacht industry has been eagerly awaiting Kymeta’s revolutionary flat panel antennas. Back then Kymeta and its partners believed that the systems would be ready for production in 2015 yet, due to the complexity of the technology, deadlines had to be revisited. However, the holdup did little to dampen the anticipation of the design community and the media alike. Now, the technology really is just around the corner.
The first glass-on-glass, thin-film-transistor-based antennas will offer higher internet connection speeds and are designed to operate with next generation satellite systems, as well as removing the need for the bulky domes that, for a long time, were considered a prerequisite for connectivity.
At SYDW 2016 Kymeta will be joined by its partner e3 Systems and a designer to host a workshop called ‘Domeless Designs’. During this workshop Håkan Olsson, Kymeta’s vice president, and Roger Horner, managing director of e3 will discuss the capabilities of the new system and, with input from the design community, speakers and delegates will be offered a chance to explore the possible effects this disruptive technology will have on the superyachts of tomorrow.
With hybrid technology having come on leaps and bounds in recent years, the superyachting world has become alert to its benefits. However, with a static new build sector and a burgeoning refit market, attention has now turned towards incorporating these technologies onto existing vessels. At SYDW 2016 Alewijnse will be joined by Amels, which recently became the first Dutch shipyard to become IMO Tier III certified, to discuss how the industry might approach this problem.