ORB Scuba Diving Helmet – Is This The Future Of Diving?

ORB (oxygen rebreather) Scuba Diving Helmet Concept

A conceptual design for a helmet based Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) has surfaced online called the ORB (Oxygen Rebreather) Scuba Diving Helmet.

The concept has been created by Thomas Winship, a 3rd Year student at Staffordshire University in the UK.  The idea behind the helmet is to try and reduce the amount of heavy and bulky equipment used by a Scuba Diver to increase the overall experience.

ORB (oxygen rebreather) Scuba Diving Helmet Concept

Whilst only conceptual drawings right now, Winship has created a full scale model to demonstrate the helmet and show of how branding might work.

Winship describes the design to design website Tuvie:

“ORB Scuba Diving Helmet is made up of several layers of pressure resting materials to stop ears becoming pressurized. The outer shell and most of the extremities are made of abs plastic with a matt finish. Equipped with Bluetooth technology, this product is designed to allow others to communicate and socialize while underwater, sharing information about their environment”

You can see more at Winship’s Concept Gallery on Behance.

Is this the future of diving equipment?  Let us know in the comments below.

ORB (oxygen rebreather) Scuba Diving Helmet Concept

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  • I'm guessing the "designer" of this has never actual been scuba diving before nor studied any physics.

  • I think you are all being very mean......anyway can't sit here taping on my holo screen I designed, will use my hover boots I designed to get me to my floating sky station I designed!

  • Good on you for having a go buddy.. certainly you will have lots of issues to overcome ... but then it took edison 10,000 attempts before perfecting the lightbulb.. in his own words... "i have not failed 10000 times. I gave not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, i will find the way that will work "
    Mindset is everything.. keep going
    http://www.addictedtodiving.info

  • I think this AMAZING!!! I would absolutely LOVE to use this!!!! And especially nt have to worry about ear damage! And talk to friends!!!

  • I think the concept is good, but as a diver myself the reality of this working as explained seems far fetched. In concept it sounds great. I don't see the Bluetooth working, but I could eventually see the other stuff working after years of testing and tweaking. I would love to be wrong, but it just seems too good to be true. If it was that easy, it would have been done before now.

  • I am the designer of this product and it was taken out of context. It doesn't use pure oxygen it use a Hitrix or Nitrix Mix similar to current diving canisters. I have had several interviews with divers on the equipment used in diving and I have thoroughly thought through the process, I understand pure oxygen is lethal at depth, oxygen is just in the name as it fit nicely with ORB if you have any other questions id be happy to answer them.

  • Hi I am the designer of this product and it was taken out of context. It doesn't use pure oxygen it use a Hitrix or Nitrix Mix similar to current diving canisters. I have had several interviews with divers on the equipment used in diving and I have thoroughly thought through the process, I understand pure oxygen is lethal at depth, oxygen is just in the name as it fit nicely with ORB if you have any other questions id be happy to answer them as most websites have used snippets of interviews with me which confuses the idea and the research behind it.

    • Is the designer refering to one of Nitrox, Trimix or Heliox - cannot find any reference to divers breathing Nitrix or Hitrix mixes anywhere?
      Noticed several of the interviews make reference to the helmet being made of pressure resistant materials to avoid pressure on the ears, QED the helmet would be keeping the diver's head at 1 atmosphere. If this is the case, as soon as the diver decends more than 1 metre the pressure differential caused by the surrounding water on the diver's chest would make it impossible to breathe resulting in suffocation.
      It would be interesting to read a complete version of the research behind the design, particularly the physics. Could he post a link??

      • ... and at 33', the divers guts get squeezed into his helmet if it is kept at 1 atm.

    • Hi Thomas. There are numerous issues facing you with this helmet. Firstly, the pressure of the breathing gas and of the helmet for that matter must be equal to the pressure on the divers body else breathing will not be possible and the outside water pressure would try to force the diver into the helmet (this is known in the commercial diving world as a squeeze and it can happen if a surface to diver air line is severed and it is prevented with a one way flow valve on the helmet). Secondly, The required items for any re-breather seem to be omitted such as a Counter lung, CO2 scrubber, breathing loop and Gas cylinder(s). If you need any advise or help with this then feel free to ask.

  • someone has been watching a little 2 much james bond..... Any real diver know this is BS and bluetooth doesnt work underwater past about 2 feet. The navy still has to surface subs or pop a boui to talk

    DUH!

  • How much would this diving helmet estimate in cost in U.S. Dollars once perfected?

  • It's a beuatifull fantasy. Thomas, You're a tender dreamer. You should study about the reality of diving, physical and physiognomy before to try to make an impossible theory.