Thursday, November 30, 2023

Vuzix Announces First-Ever, SATCOM-enabled Augmented Reality Tactical Dive


Vuzix, a supplier of smart glasses and augmented reality (AR) technology and products, has announced the success of the first-ever satellite communications (SATCOM)-enabled augmented reality tactical scuba dive.

Dr. Patrick Fullerton, founder and CEO of OPTAC-X, a telehealth company that provides communication solutions for the military and medical industry, successfully tested the Vuzix Smart Swim glasses just off Electric Beach on the southwest coast of Oahu, Hawaii, for underwater satellite communications connectivity.

The dive team’s goal was to test the visual signal strength of Vuzix Smart Swim glasses at a certain depth beneath the surface. To conduct the test, the team attached a tactical radio to the divers’ tanks in communication with the Kymeta Osprey u8 located approximately 100 yards (91.44m) from the water’s edge.

The dive team confirmed a good signal and connectivity 100 yards offshore, with signal disruption not occurring until a depth of 21 feet (6.4m).

The test proved that SATCOM connectivity was possible underwater for activities that include tele-engineering, tactical dive operations, and general technical dive operations use cases.

The SATCOM-enabled augmented reality scuba dive was a collaborative effort between Vuzix, OPTAC-X and Kymeta, a company delivering industry-leading global LTE and SATCOM capabilities.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the 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. 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 helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.