The Natural Environment Research Council, in a move that many would consider unwise, are leaving the name of their newest Royal Research Ship, which costs £200 million up to an open vote online. Comically, but perhaps far more tasteful than could be expected from such a poll, RRS Boaty McBoatface is currently the forerunner in the contest by quite a large margin. James Hand, who submitted the name suggestion simply stated in his submission that “It’s an absolutely brilliant name.”
The boat in question has been in development since 2014, as part of a £200 million grant to fund a new polar research vessel to provide the UK with a world-leading research capability in Arctic and Antarctic locations. Currently still under construction in the Cammell Laird Shipyard, the vessel will measure 128 meters long and have a full displacement of around 15 thousand tons.
Suggestions for the name will be open for new submission and voting until the 16th April, which is plenty of time for a whole host of great amusing and serious names to be voted on. Some people are already trying to cash in on the success of “Boaty McBoatface” with names such as “Boaty McBoatface The Return” while others settle for references to their favorite series, such as the “Pillar of Autumn” from Halo or “Boatimus Prime” a twist on the name of the popular Transformer.
As it stands, “Boaty McBoatface” looks set to win after only 3 days of contest, but with nearly a month to go before the winner is declared, there could very easily be an upset from a trailing competitor, be it another amusing entry, or serious suggestion, like the popular “RSS David Attenborough.” If you want to weigh in on the selection, the voting site can be found here, where you can browse popular submissions or submit your own, complete with an image of the boat adorned with the name.
The humble watch is seen as somewhat old-fashioned compared to the digital life that nearly all consumers live these days, tech companies on the other hand, have been looking to integrate various digital features within so-called smart watches with the aim of marketing the product for the 21st century. Global GPS brand Garmin who are synonymous with Sat Navs have unveiled a new watch by the name of the Quatix 3.
Battery life – Up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 20 hours in GPS training mode; up to 6 weeks in watch mode
The watch also comes equipped with a “protective stainless steel EXO bezel and buttons”.
If you happen to be a fisherman or an avid race boat enthusiast, the Quatix 3 has you covered, below is a quick summary of these targeted features.
Saltwater fishermen – Will have features available to them that include navigational as well as NMEA 2000 data including depth, speed, water temperature etc.
Sailors – Will have the option to receive data that includes a virtual starting line feature that lets you set up a starting line between 2 marked GPS waypoints, e.g., a buoy and the committee boat
The watch also contains an Altimeter, Barometer and Compass.
The watch is expected to be released within the first quarter of April 2016, prices are expected to be $599.99 (£420.54).
It will be interesting to see if this watch has a great appeal within the general consumer market when you consider many of the features are targeted at a specific audience. Garmin will hope this watch will be able to hold its own, it makes sense for Garmin to implement its knowledge within a new smartwatch.