MIAMI: Furuno debuts touch-screen multifunction displays

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MIAMI - Furuno USA entered the touch-screen market with the global introduction Thursday of its NavNet TZtouch, which marries its proprietary TimeZero charting software technology with an Intel Sandy Bridge Dual-Core processor found in high-end Macs and PCs inside a multitouch multifunction display.

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“We wanted simple and effortless operation, using a common-sense interface,” marketing manager Dean Kurutz said at a morning press conference at the Miami Convention Center. “Our ultimate goal was to provide total control at your fingertips and I think we accomplished that goal.”

The multifunction displays have integrated Wi-Fi network capability that interfaces with the entire NavNet line, as well as Apple tablets and iPhones. Plans to expand to Android and other smart phones and tablets are in the works, Kurutz said, and a black box version of the TZtouch is expected to debut by the end of this year.

Nine-inch ($5,695 MSRP) and 14-inch ($7,695 MSRP) displays will be available to consumers this spring.

— Rich Armstrong

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