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Oceans S1 - a New Dive Computer With Ultrasonic Signaling

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Oceans S1 - a New Dive Computer With Ultrasonic Signaling

As most scuba divers will know, underwater communication and signaling can be tricky. Sure, we all use hand signals to convey simple messages, yet we still need to get the other diver’s attention so that they see those signals in the first place. The Oceans S1 is a new dive computer, designed to address the issue, using soundless ultrasonic waves.

Made by a Swedish startup Team Oceans, the wrist-worn S1 promises to be a truly next-gen computer. In addition to the standard dive computer data, such as current and maximum depth, elapsed time, water temperature, ascent rate, required surface interval, and altitude diving adjustments, the device offers quite a few high-end features. The S1 comes shipped with a digital 3-axis compass and gyro, retina-class 2.2-inch color LED screen, haptic feedback, and wireless charging. The user can also choose between 3 dive modes - Air, Nitrox (21-40) and Apnea, as well as upload all the dive log data to the sleek Oceans 2.0 app via Bluetooth. It is worth noting, that the app has a special citizen science log feature, allowing to log environmental observations and enables visual projections on the health and state of marine habitats.

The main emphasis, however, is placed on a unique buddy communication feature. If the user wants to get the attention of one or more other S1-using divers, all they have to do is tap a button on the device. This sends a ping message to each paired dive computer within a range of 15-20 meters (50-65 ft). Once alerted the receiving computer will vibrate and show a notification on the display with the name of the diver looking for attention.

The Oceans S1 weighs 95 grams (3.4 oz), works up to a maximum recommended depth of 50 m (150 ft), can store 500 dives or 80 hours worth of data, and should run for about 10 hours on a single charge.

The Oceans S1 is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where a pledge of SEK 3,499 (about US$378) will get you one – when and if it reaches production, that is. The planned retail price is €499 ($565). A package of two can be had for SEK 6,999 ($755) or €998 retail ($1,130).

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