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Underwater Texting...
GirlDiver - 1/06/2008 5:11 PM
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Underwater Texting...If there are any of you out there who are avid scuba divers, then we`re sure you`re well acquainted with the dangers and difficulties that go along with such a hobby. Most difficult of all when exploring what lies beneath the waves is maintaining a line of communication. So UTC (Underwater Technology Center) has developed the Underwater Digital Device or UDI.

The UDI is a wrist-wearable diving computer that not only keeps logs of your dive, but also allows you to communicate with other divers and your boat. The UDI uses 2-way text-messaging, over a distance of up to 500 meters (or about 1,640 feet). There is no keyboard, so divers send any of 14 preset messages ("Watch out for that shark!") Over the same range, the devices can also be used as homing beacons so divers can find their boat.

There is also an SOS beacon which functions at up to 1000 meters (almost 3,300 feet) letting other divers and the boat know you`re in trouble. The SOS beacon can also be activated remotely, so if your buddy looks like he`s in trouble, you can activate his SOS beacon for him. And with an estimated eight-hour battery life (assuming one message being sent every four minutes), this thing won`t die right in your moment of need.

Though the UDI was announced back in October, it seems to have been virtually ignored by most outlets, so we`re writing about it now, since it looks like it`s finally shipping at the price of $1,500.


seawolfdiving - 1/08/2008 5:04 PM
Nooo, Debay, the "insta-buddy" is an extra feature. It costs another $500. I had one but the darn thing never worked right. It kept deflating on me.
debay(Dee-Bay) - 1/08/2008 5:10 AM
BOO. Thats the best thing I can say about it. I can see rookie divers snatching it up like candy...those that can afford it. What happens when you need to say something specific? What if you need help and no one on the boat is a diver? Does an insta-buddy pop out of it and cut you free of monofillament, or help get the morrey eel off your leg, or whatever? Too expensive, already have too many gadgets, and just too......geeky.
seawolfdiving - 1/07/2008 12:04 PM
Cool toy.... But like most experienced divers, I adhere strictly to the K.I.S.S. philosophy when gearing up for my dives. So it is not likely that I`d take this fun little gadget along on my dives. Well, maybe once, just to check it out...
NWKatShark - 1/06/2008 8:34 PM
Probably being ignored because it`s one more electronic device to try and find a place to strap it on, susceptable to failure (electronic) and people have already had enough of putting up with errant drivers texting! And the price doesn`t make it scream "buy me"!