DEMA Show 2012: New Underwater iPad Housing Introduced At DEMA 2012

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It sure would be fun to while away the time during a decompression stop by playing Angry Birds on your iPad, wouldn’t it? Well, beginning in 2013 divers will actually be able to do that.

The iDive waterproof housing — introduced this week at DEMA 2012 in Las Vegas — was developed at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology’s  Red Sea Research Center to give scientists a way to record data on an iPad while diving underwater.

“But once we had figured out how to use an iPad underwater it seemed a shame not to let everyone else in on the fun,” the product’s website states.

The biggest challenge, of course, was finding a way to use the touchscreen while underwater.  The iDive uses a special “skin” for the screen part of the iPad as well as a plastic outer shell for the rear of the iPad. It also features a small CO2 canister to maintain the entire unit’s waterproofing.

iDive is currently being beta-tested, and has been taken as deep as 30 meters (100 feet). Its developers expect to begin production in the first six months of 2013, according to the iDive website.

For more information, go to www.idivehousing.com.

 

Keep tuned for our extensive coverage (as well as previous years coverage) of DEMA 2012 during November 14-17, 2012 in our DEMA Show Coverage.

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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the Scuba-diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula with Sam the hard-boiled-egg-eating Grouper serving as witness. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas in an attempt to help break the world record for the largest underwater press conference. He holds an undergraduate degree in languages from Georgetown University in Washington DC and a master's in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. Google

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