DiveBud, a new freediving computer unveiled this month, uses acoustic signals to provide instant feedback to freedivers about their ascending and descending depths, diving and surface time intervals.
Current features include:
1. Connectivity through the Android and iOS apps, which allows freedivers to configure their DiveBuds.
2. Ascending and descending depth notifications.
3. Hanging alarms for competitive freedivers who would like to improve their depth adaptation through “hanging” at certain depths for pre-defined time intervals.
4. Precise dive logs with a sampling rate of twice per second for better performance analysis.
5. Round form without sharp angles, allowing DiveBud to be used on the hood.
6. Depth rated down to 150 meters/492ft in salt water.
7. Rechargeable battery that lasts for days.
After testing, the DiveBud got some new updates, including:
1. Surface time signal and surface time feedback functions.
a. The surface time signal lets the freediver know when they spent enough recovery time on the surface.
b. Surface time feedback is displayed between the dives in the app and allows the freediver to understand their surface breathing time better and adjust it if required.
2. Better charging experience – charge anytime, anywhere, even while driving. The charging clip has been improved to hold the DiveBud reliably. Also, the charging terminals have been improved for better longevity of the device.
3. Improved mask clip.
Additionally, this month the company said it had started donations of A$5/~US$3.20/~€3.21 for every DiveBud purchase to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
For more info, go to the DiveBud website.