How technology is aiding diving

Diving and experiencing underwater life is always a thrill, but divers can only go so far in the seemingly endless sea. Humans are not aquatic, and often need terrestrial air. Even with oxygen masks, there are other safety factors like compression limit how deep one can go.

Some diving gear can become faulty or overly uncomfortable at some depths.

Thankfully, however, advancement in technology is seeking to introduce new masks meant to replace traditional gear and make diving more comfortable. Most of this new equipment will allow divers to explore hitherto inaccessible areas of the sea.

The d-mask, for example, can be used for both snorkeling and scuba diving (it needs additional oxygen equipment for the latter). Unlike traditional googles, the mask covers the entire face, and affords the diver an improved 180-degree field of view. And this is not even its greatest feature.

The mask has an inbuilt system which measures conditions such as depth and pressure while underwater. It displays them near the diver’s face in real time. It can also sense the weather conditions of the surrounding area and communicate accordingly.

Before taking a plunge, divers can set co-ordinates to help them find their way around the deep sea. There is also a lighting feature which allows vision in highly particulate areas or poor weather. This light can also be used for communication during emergencies.

For aesthetics, the mask has a camera which can be used to capture beautiful scenes during the diving experience. A pair of ear buds can also be connected to the mask and used to make the diving experience more pleasant with a music playlist. That is far more appealing than listening to the sound of bubbles while you explore.

The combination of these great features in one piece of equipment not only makes diving much easier, but it also expands what divers can do while under the surface