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iPad-powered yacht wins design award


Well, I suppose if you're going for all out luxury in constructing a yacht, there's no harm in going the extra mile and making the iPad a centerpiece of importance.

CNN on Monday reported on a US$15 million "space-age yacht" that sports a rather innovative design, and believe it or not, can be navigated with an iPad.

The innovative design, along with high-tech features such as an iPad-controller, helped glossy "Adastra" win three prizes at last week's prestigious ShowBoats Design Awards in Monaco, including Best Naval Architecture.

Impressively, the ability to control the yacht via an iPad can be done even at a distance of 50 meters, or about 164 feet.

As you can tell from the photo above, the Adastra looks like no other yacht you've ever seen before, or at least no yacht I've ever seen before. With a look that would fit right at home in any number of sci-fi movies, the Adastra is almost 140 feet long and took nearly five years to build.

As noted by CNN, the Adastara was recently the recipient of a few Showboats Design Awards, including the Naval Architecture Award and the Newcomer of the Year Award.

The yacht is owned by Anto Marden who, according to brilliantboats, will be able to use his new $15 million toy to travel "between the two islands he already owns off the coast of Indonesia."

I suppose it follows that if you can afford to commission $15 million to build a futuristic yacht, chances are also pretty high you probably own, oh I don't know, an island or two.

You can read more about the Adastra and the efforts that went into its creation over here.

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