While most divers accept that underwater communication systems are primarily used by technical, research, and commercial divers, the founders of Swedish company Aqwary have been hard at work since 2012 developing a more effective means of inter-diver communication that doesn’t require specialized helmets and radio systems. After studying data on SCUBA-related incidents, it became apparent that loss of communication between dive buddies was often a common factor in accidents and fatalities, with 60 percent of fatal accidents experiencing loss of contact. That’s where the Aqwary Smart Console system hopes to change the game.
Using ultrasonic hydrophones integrated into a digital console that replaces your regular pressure and depth gauge console, vital information on your dive profile, depth, location, and even tank pressure can be shared among several divers on one network, including a boat captain on the surface. Up to seven divers can be accommodated on one network, and information can be transmitted up to 328 feet away, which gives all the divers in the group plenty of time to act when someone has diverted from the dive plan or needs air. The console sends an alert to everyone on the network when a tank gets low on air, further increasing the chances of a diver getting air before an emergency situation is created.
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It’s now possible for anyone that wants, to have their own local subaquatic network, powered by ultra sonic sound. All that is required is at least two Smart Consoles within 100m range.
Easy to use
Sharing information with dive buddies has never been this easy. The Smart Console automatically detects and connects to other units nearby. Once connected they automatically share air pressure, location and more.
Loaded With Power
The Smart Console comes packed with 7 sensors that can detect depth, motion, temperature, air level and location. It also has a fast processor, 3.7″ color display and Wifi connectivity.
Carefully Crafted Design
The Smart Console replaces the regular console, and fits beautifully in the hand. It has been designed by Swedish engineers with simplicity and utility in mind. The casing is water proof and extremely tolerant.
Flexibile with apps
The Smart Console comes with many handy apps. You can download more from our store using Wifi. We are constantly working on adding new apps.
Backup to the cloud
The Smart Console can store data from hundreds of dives. It will wirelessly synchronize and backup your dive data to the Aqwary Cloud.
We here at Aquaviews are very excited about seeing the Aqwary Smart Console in action, but here’s a little preview of what we can expect from the latest evolution in underwater communication:
Image via Aqwary.com