Yeah, you read that right. Divers can now actually transmit written messages from underwater to the surface.
Swedish start-up company Aqwary has developed a buoy that can receive text messages from a diver below the surface using a “Smart Console” and then beam them to a laptop aboard a dive boat, which can then relay the messages to Facebook or wherever via 4G to the Internet.
The “Smart Console” has four hydrophones that allow it to link with any other unit and send data over ultrasound up to 100 meters/328 feet away. It has apps that do various things, from an electronic compass to a dive computer to one that finds the location of your dive buddy.
The Smart Console, when bundled with an HP hose, Quick connector, and five apps — Compass, Dive computer, Image viewer, Buddy viewer and List viewer — retails for US$1,200/1,076 Euros. The “Dual Pack” — consisting of two Smart consoles and accompanying accessories and apps — retails for $2,350/2,108 Euros.
The Aqwary Link buoy retails for $3,000/2,690 Euros.