Without a doubt, SCUBA is one of the most gear intensive sports out there. And if you’ve seen a diver all geared up pre-dive, then you might think they look like aliens from Mars. At least that’s what I thought the first time I saw a diver. Buoyancy compensators and air regulators and dive computers. Masks and suits and snorkels. They look like characters from a science fiction novel. And while some modern gear might be the science fiction of the past, it’s interesting to think about the future. What kinds of gear will divers have 10, 20, even 100 years from now? While we can’t make completely accurate guesses, we can search around to see what others are thinking. Whether serious predictions or fanciful guesses, what follows are some people’s idea of SCUBA science fiction.
TRITON Oxygen Respirator Concept
You might have seen renderings of this concept filtering around the web. The designer of the Triton must have been a Star Wars fan, because it seems to function (or wants to function) like the breathing devices Obi Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn used to dive the depths of Naboo. While a functioning prototype might never be available for many engineering reasons, the idea of breathing underwater without the cumbersome SCUBA gear sounds appealing. Will it ever happen? Probably not. But it’s fun to dream.
Jet-Propulsion Swimming Robot Legs
DPV, or Diver Propulsion Vehicles are very cool. They save air by allowing the diver to effortlessly cruise the ocean from point of interest to point of interest. They also lengthen the diver’s bottom time and increase the area of exploration. Plus they are just plain fun. Now imagine the DVP is you. While it’s not clear if you have to chop off your legs to enjoy this conceptual device, it is clear this thing will get you from point A to point B in no time.
The Long Duration Aquatic Survival suit is a concept dreamed up by Ivan Sokol, Concept Designer, 3d Generalist, Space enthusiast. The original idea for this suit was to be used as by satellite repair engineers, but it could also be adapted to underwater use. While the suit might be a work of total fiction, there are suits out there which come surprisingly close. The Exosuit, for example, is a present-day rendition of concepts like the L.O.D.A.S.
ORB Scuba Diving Helmet
Rebreathers are becoming more and more prevalent in SCUBA, so it seems logical to include a concept that incorporates this technology. The ORB, which looks a lot like a really cool motorcycle helmet, does just that. Like the TRITON, it theoretically will enable you to breathe underwater without the unwieldy kit setup present-day divers need. According to the designers, the helmet “is designed to stop ears from becoming pressurized. It is also equipped with Bluetooth technology which will allow the wearer to communicate and socialize while underwater.” Sounds good. But divers know that radio waves don’t travel well underwater, so the communication thing might be a little tricky to pull off.
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