April 2007


—Chemists have shown that it is possible to use solar energy, paired with the right catalyst, to convert “Carbon Dioxide” into a raw material for making a wide range of products, including plastics and gasoline.— MIT Review.

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datamaskhud.jpgFeaturing – The Scuba Diving Data-Mask HUD by “Oceanic”, also called the COMBAT DIVER DISPLAY MASK (CDDM) (… This Dive Technology was initially designed for the U.S. Navy, Spec-Ops)

A Personal Dive Computer integrated to the diver’s mask, the information shows in the mask with a tiny LCD panel that shows your current depth, elapsed dive time, cylinder pressure, and dive time remaining. The transmitter gathers the data at the regulator and sends it to the mini display mounted in the mask.

Some Notes on the Data-Mask product:

·        In-Mask Dive Computer Digital Optic System.

·        Wireless Air Integrated Technology.

·        Patented Air Time Remaining Algorithm.

·        Audible Alarms with User Acknowledgment.

·        Backlighting may be adjusted underwater for brightness as well as full-time or on demand use.

·        Diver Replaceable Batteries.

·        OceanLog® PC Download and Settings Upload Software and USB Cable included.

·        The DataMask HUD Transmitter consumes little or no battery power when inactive, or not pressurized.

Some of the DATAMASK HUD Features:

Modes of Operation                                         Air, Nitrox, Gauge, and Free Dive

Push Buttons                                                                            2

Mounting Options                                                                     Mask

Activation                                                                     Water or Push Button

Algorithm BasisModified Haldanean / DSAT (Diving Science and Technology) Database

Personal Conservative Factor Adjustment – Each Level provides No Decompression Limits for the next dive +3000 ft altitude

Altitude Algorithm Basis                                                            NOAA

O2 Limit Basis                                                              NOAA

Tissue Compartments                                                   12 (5 to 480 minutes)

Automatic Altitude Adjustment                          2,000 – 14,000 ft

Decompression Capability                                            10 – 60 ft (3-18 m)

Automatic Safety Stop Prompt                                      YES

Cylinder Pressure and Air Time Remaining WIRELESS TRANSMISSION

Audible Alarm                                                              YES

Alarm Acknowledgment (U/W Deactivation)                 YES

Ascent Rate Range                                           11-30 fpm / 21-60 fpm

Ascent Rate Maximum                                      30 fpm (<60 ft)
60 fpm (>60 ft)

OceanGlo Backlight (Push Button)                                            YES

Diver Replaceable Batteries                                                      YES

Battery Type                            DATAMASK – 3.6v CR2
TRANSMITTER – 3.6v CR2

Battery Life*                            DATAMASK – 160 DIVE HOURS
TRANSMITTER – 1500 HOURS

Battery Hot Swap (retains calculations)                                     YES

Low Battery Indicator (Graphic)                                               YES

Calendar / Clock                                                                      YES

Operating Depth (Max)                                                            330 ft

Operating Depth (Gauge/Free Dive Mode)                               330 ft

12/24 Hour Time to Fly Countdown                                         YES

Calculated Desaturation Countdown                                         YES

Dive Mode Displays       MAIN, UP TO 2 ALTERNATES AND 1 SECONDARY

High O2 Alarm / Warning                                             300 SOTU / DOTU

High PO2 Alarm / Warning                               1.6 DEFAULT OR USER SETTING

On-Unit Log Capacity                                                  24 DIVES

OceanLog PC Download                                                         Included

OceanLog PC Settings Upload                                     Included

OceanLog Download Memory Capacity                                   512K**

Pre-Dive Planning Sequence                                         PUSH BUTTON 30-190 ft

Message Box   ALPHA NUMERIC GRAPHICS – MODES, ALARMS AND SETTINGS

Temperature Display                                                                 YES

Buddy Pressure Check                                                             N/A

Air Time Remaining Bar Graph                                                 NUMERIC

Nitrogen Tissue Loading Bar Graph                                          YES

Oxygen Loading Bar Graph                                                      YES

Variable Ascent Rate Bar Graph                                               YES

No Decompression Time Remaining Display                 YES

Air Time Remaining Display                                                      YES

O2 Time Remaining Display                                                      YES

Set Mode with Rapid Advance                                                 YES

Set “Turn Around” Pressure Alarm                                            YES

Set “Ending” Pressure Alarm                                                     YES

Set FO2 Value (%) Gas 1                                                        AIR, 21-50%

Set FO2 Value (%) Gas 2                                                        N/A

Set FO2 Value (%) Gas 3                                                        N/A

Set Audible Alarm On/Off                                                        YES

Set Max Depth Alarm                                                   YES

Set Elapsed Dive Time Alarm                                       YES

Set Maximum Nitrogen Tissue Loading Bar Graph Alarm    YES

Set Personal Conservative Factor                                             YES

Set Dive Time Remaining Alarm                                                YES

Set Units Of Measurement                                                        YES

Set Time Format (12/24 Hour)                                                 YES

Set Time of Day                                                                       YES

Set Date                                                                                   YES

Set Maximum PO2 Alarm                                                         YES

Set FO2 50% Default                                                               YES

Set Backlight Duration/Intensity                                                 YES

Set Safety Stop Time and Depth                                               YES

Set Digital Gauge Mode On/Off                                                YES

Set Water Activation On/Off                                                     YES

Set Free Dive Elapsed Dive Time Alarm                                   YES

Set Free Dive Countdown Timer                                               YES

Set Free Dive Max Depth #1                                                    YES

Set Free Dive Max Depth #2                                                    YES

Set Free Dive Max Depth #3                                                    YES

***** For ‘Full Details’ including the Military History of this cool innovative dive gadget, here’s the link in Oceanic’s Website – Link…

** Here’s the Video link of the “Unveiling of the Data-Mask HUD”, From the 2006 DEMA Tradeshow! @ SportDiver : Broadband Video Link , Dial-Up Video Link.

* Also Featured in Gizmodo.
(but, … in response to some of Gizmodo’s Ill advised commentors of this subject, this product is not vaporware. 😛 It will be at US$1495.95 MSRP @ June 2007 (more or less, unless otherwise mentioned by oceanic ofcourse), as indicated at Oceanic‘s website.