Situated on the center line of Royal Caribbean’s $1.4 billion Oasis of the Seas, the captain’s station has two trackball-controlled 27-inch LCDs (foreground) that are used to display the electronic chart and the ship information system, which aggregates mission-critical data like radar, GPS, and sonar.
If you’re going to gun a modded 1960s-era rocket car to 200 mph, you need a full-face helmet, a five-point harness, and a 15-foot parachute. Less essential: a decent-size windshield. “You can’t see shit in that fucker,” says Jesse James, the TV host who does the driving.
Billed as America’s most famous monster truck, Grave Digger’s first incarnation was a beefed-up 1950s Ford pickup. Today’s $230K version delights fans with g-force-inducing jumps and high-speed wheelies, thanks to its chromoly steel chassis (neon green), shock-resistant gauges, and polycarbonate floorboards.
Try flying a commercial jet at 650 mph while keeping track of the data displayed on five 9- by 16-inch LCDs. “We’re able to do more computing and image processing now,” says Mike Sinnett, a Boeing VP and chief project engineer for the Dreamliner. “But if you’re not disciplined, you can provide too much information.” Landing is guided by a particularly smart piece of data visualization: Pilots can now see their vertical descent path, a sideways snapshot of the plane and trajectory relative to the ground.
The domed acrylic pressure hull on this $2 million two-seater harks back to the “Nemo” spheres developed by the Navy in the ’60s. The joystick that controls the pair of 2-kW main thrusters also lets the skipper toggle through a boatload of digital gauges, charts, and sensors—from gyro and magnetic compasses to sonar readings and a Doppler velocity log.
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