We’ve had smart devices slowly making their presence known in every aspect of our everyday lives. Smartphones and tablets made for day to day routine. Smart watches who monitor our health. Smart lights that turn our homes into smart houses. However, until now, we have not had smart scuba diving accessories. Scubus S aims to change this by bringing heads-up displays to a whole new level.
Scubus S is still in development. However, its designers want it to be a new alternative for high-end pro scuba systems. Its most notable feature is the built-in, heads-up display that is able to show time, depth and water temperature. Not only that, but it also has a limited chat function to enable conversation with other divers. Because technologies such as Bluetooth do not work under water, the Scubus S uses acoustic wave system with a range of around 100 meters to make the chat system work.
Unfortunately, acoustic waves are hard to use due to limited bandwidth. The Scubus S has a group of 20 pre-set messages that the user can pick from. By selecting a message such as“Emergency! Help me now!” or “Take picture of me!”, it will appear on the heads-up displays of other divers that are in range.
“Since most of our team members are scuba diving enthusiasts, we are well aware of how limited underwater communication is,” explained team member Noah Smith in an email. “It boils down to hand signals that scuba divers have to learn and use in order to communicate. It’s far from perfect and sometimes it can be pretty challenging.”
The Scubus S also features a built-in HD video camera that has a 135-degree angle of view and recording options of 1080p at 30 fps, or 720p at 60 fps. It also has a internal memory of 16 GB and a Li-Ion battery that can be recharged via USB.
What do you think of the Scubus S? Is it a useful tool for scuba divers?
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