NEW HELM STATION
Technical soul with the comfort of a lounge
A combination of virtual and augmented reality technologies.
The new helm station designed by Pininfarina with SeaQ technology was officially unveiled at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, where it was possible to live first-hand the experience generated by the cockpit, through the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies. The proven SeaQ Integrated Bridge System, already used in other markets, puts the operator at the center of attention and is now introduced in the super yacht market using Vard Electro’s experience in integrated solutions. The new steering station has been carefully designed and developed to ensure an intuitive user interface and seamless integration with marine systems. The touch screen monitors bring together various systems into a single operator station, providing the highest level of bridge integration using an extended architecture. Vard Electro also leveraged the strong synergy effects of all Fincantieri centers of excellence, in particular Seastema’s long experience in the industry, to develop the solution for the new bridge concept designed for the yacht market.
“It is a pleasure to see our SeaQ Bridge product be integrated into a sleek and luxurious helm station, specifically designed by our partner Pininfarina. I am sure that also captains sailing with awesome yachts will appreciate the benefit of our maker independent technology, able to integrate all the electronic bridge systems by an intuitive and human centric solution”
Suspended and aerodynamic shapes
Pininfarina has completely redesigned the user experience of the control cockpit, taking suggestions of aviation and sports car inspiration, combining a technical soul with the comfort of a lounge. The choice of taking care of the command area stems from the desire to give greater importance to the journey, both for those who drive the ship and for the spectators who want to enjoy the landscape from the control cabin. The design of the helm station created by Pininfarina is characterized by suspended and aerodynamic shapes. The control seats seem to float in the air, while the central double-sided screen that divides the two driving positions is made of glass and is completely transparent when switched off, further emphasizing the sense of lightness. The technical island, highly technological, contrasts with the presence of an analogical element positioned under the screen, the compass, that embellishes the interior environment, creating a connection between past and future. Furthermore, the lines drawn by the Pininfarina’s pencil are emphasized through the use of lights, that create a connection between the driving and the relaxation areas, giving shape to a unique environment.
“We are delighted to have entered into this partnership with Vard Electro. In the new helm station, our Nautical design team leveraged on its holistic competencies, from the user experience to the interior design. We are proud of the result: thanks to the blend of skills, we have delivered an innovative user experience of the control cockpit”.