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ScaredSilly
01-07-2008, 15:09
This was talked about last fall - kinda stupid IMHO.

Underwater Text-Messager Makes SCUBA Diving Safer - Switched: Gadgets, Tech, Digital Stuff for the Rest of Us (http://www.switched.com/2008/01/06/underwater-text-messager-makes-scuba-diving-safer)

"There is no keyboard, so divers send any of 14 preset messages"

Okay so what would your 14 preset messages be ...

14. Come look at this fish/creature/corral

13. Look behind you - a shark/turtle/dolphin

12. How much air do you have?

11. Safety stop.

10. Share air

9. Stop, Breath, Think (TM) PADI

8. Want to go down?

7. Want to go up?

6. Follow me (I'm lost)

5. Wait I have to pee.

4. Clear your mask you got snot all over the inside.

3. Woooa I'm nartik'd

2. Are you my buddy?

and the number one text Message

1. WTF is the boat!!

FishFood
01-07-2008, 15:15
For $1500 a pop why not just get a FFM w/ comm unit? That's crazy.

RECDiver
01-07-2008, 16:35
I will stick to my slate, thank you very much.

whse56
01-07-2008, 17:05
Any of those messages and more can be expressed with simple hand signs. If your partner doesn't understand the first time after you explain it on the surface, and laugh about it he/she won't forget it again

wheelman
01-07-2008, 17:38
Maybe for people with more money than brains... :smiley5:

Tom A
01-07-2008, 20:03
thats just more for the rich folks. i get my pencils for my slate when i play golf

Judge
01-10-2008, 04:40
thats just more for the rich folks. i get my pencils for my slate when i play golf

Just visit the local DMV....thats about all they are good for anyway :smiley36:

SarahBella
01-10-2008, 07:19
I just got a multi paged slate that will work just fine...and because it has 3 pages to write on I was actually thinking of putting a message or two on the last page...Handy things I may need to convey to my teenage sons while underwater.

RoadRacer1978
01-10-2008, 08:31
Handy things I may need to convey to my teenage sons while underwater.

Like if you don't quit kicking up silt your grounded when we get to the surface. :smilie39:

mitsuguy
01-10-2008, 10:19
I think its super cool technology, specifically the homing beacon part...

BUT....

$1500 is ridiculous... I'm sure it's a lot of tech crammed into that little thing... let me know when they are $50-$100...

RoadRacer1978
01-10-2008, 10:45
It's a start that can be built upon for something better and more useful and hopefully cheaper.

thor
01-10-2008, 10:58
Ah , but you would need two to make it work, so you are really looking at $3,000.

I would add: "Wow, isn't this a cool toy. There goes the kids college money"
as one of my preset messages.

in_cavediver
01-10-2008, 11:09
Ah , but you would need two to make it work, so you are really looking at $3,000.

I would add: "Wow, isn't this a cool toy. There goes the kids college money"
as one of my preset messages.

That message is reserved for the aquisition of a A) Dive Boat B) Dive Compressor or C) CCR.

This is just a step up from a complete OW package.

Scoobidoo
01-10-2008, 17:15
LOL...this is hilarious, for $1500 errm...should I go for this or the Galileo.....

And they wonder why shops have ignored them.

coyote
01-11-2008, 18:43
It's kind of sad. The technology behind this is nothing special. And making something pressure resistant isn't much of a challenge as long as you stick to recreational limits.

Too bad.

Flatliner
01-11-2008, 19:17
For $1500 a pop why not just get a FFM w/ comm unit? That's crazy.

I'm thinking of a hand signal that could sum up my thoughts on spending $1500 for something that does less than a slate...

bechwel
02-27-2008, 19:44
But my BFF wont know what to do if I can't send her a message my god my kids would love it . For me no thank.

CompuDude
02-27-2008, 20:37
I wasn't impressed with this when I first heard about it. But there's more info available now, and I have to admit it's a bit more impressive than I first thought.

UDI Product Overview (http://www.utc-digital.com/product_overview.asp?cid=80&pr=38)

In addition to the (rather silly) paging feature, it's a full-blown RGBM downloadable dive computer. From what I understand, the digital compass is actually as good as the one in the Uwatec Galileo Sol, which has been getting raves. (I prefer an analog compass, but I wouldn't say no to a good electronic backup.) And finally, the homing feature will give a diver a directional finder back to the boat, similar to the system that Desert Star (http://desertstar.com/newsite/sport/sportscout.html) sells (starting at $300), but with longer range: 550 yards.

None of these extras are strictly required, of course, but the $1500 no longer sounds quite so outrageous when you factor in a good computer and the extras it delivers, all in one package.

Still, I agree that for the money I'd probably buy a Galileo Sol and pass on the paging system. But then, the target market for this is commercial divers, not you and me.

FOUNDATIONER
02-28-2008, 15:24
Before my last dive in Belize a couple of weeks ago, we had a big breakfast, my slate still says "MMMMMMM BACON" (can you guess why).
I wonder if the texting thingy will do THAT.

rfb3
02-28-2008, 15:42
I'll take two. :smiley2:

Clanggedin
02-28-2008, 16:40
It's alot cheaper to learn American Sign Language or Morse Code if you need to send a message other than the basic signals taught in class.

Even if this thing is the cat's meow, $1500 is still way too much for it.

CompuDude
02-28-2008, 17:13
It's alot cheaper to learn American Sign Language or Morse Code if you need to send a message other than the basic signals taught in class.

Even if this thing is the cat's meow, $1500 is still way too much for it.

My computer retails around $1200. The computer I want next retails around $2k. The other computer I want next retails around $1800.

Different devices fall into different price categories for different reasons. If you're getting what you need from a computer that costs less, well, I'm happy for you.

Scoobidoo
03-17-2008, 14:12
It sure does price and sized like a Galileo Sol:

http://www.divernet.com/data/images/108_dema_udi.jpg