A Deep Dive Into New Scuba Tech

By Vivian Wagner

dive computers,  iGills, a system that with an app and a waterproof case turns an iPhone into a dive computer

“There is always going to be some hesitation to putting your phone in a housing and taking it underwater, but as more and more are diving with iGills, it is just becoming the new normal,” said Amphibian Labs President Matt Weakly. “The system is very easy to use and reliable. We are able to control and limit what the phone platform is trying to do while diving.”

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Scuba divers always have relied on gear that lets the essentially fragile, air-dependent human body descend into oceanic depths. While air tanks, regulators, buoyancy control devices and dive computers have been around for years, digital technologies are altering how they function, how they’re used, and how well they work.

Taking the Plunge

One recent innovation is iGills, a system that with an app and a waterproof case turns an iPhone into a dive computer.

“The inspiration for iGills came from a love of diving and looking for opportunities to enhance the diving experience,” Matt Weakly, president of iGills developer Amphibian Labs, told TechNewsWorld. “We use smartphones for everything else, and their computing power far exceeds that of any dedicated dive computer. It was a natural fit to leverage smartphones for this application.”

The system — which soon will expand into the Android market — makes use of the phone as a computer to provide vital information to the diver. It also taps into the phone’s other functions.

“While you dive, the system continuously gathers data about the environment and provides full dive computer functionality through the smartphone screen,” explained Weakly. “Additionally, the system allows divers to take photos and video, creates a feature-rich dive log, and provides auxiliary features such as a digital compass and flashlight.”

Read more at TechNewsWorld…


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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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