I don’t know how many of you guys have tried SCUBA diving, if you haven’t and you have the budget for it, definitely give it a try. SCUBA diving is the ultimate geek “sport.” Understand that I use the word “geek” in fairness and love, not as an insult. For one thing, just about anyone at any age can do it. It requires zero sporting prowess, but you do need to have a sharp mind. Underwater, it is your gadgets and your understanding of them that keeps you alive. When people start out diving, they usually rent all of their equipment. After a while, if the bug bites, many people start a gear collection and there is some fantastic gear out there.
The Datamask H.U.D. is some amazing technology. It is basically a diving computer inside a mask. This thing was just released in July and yes, it is very expensive. The Datamask H.U.D. does everything a good dive computer will do. The best description of what it does comes from the manufacturers site.
The DATAMASK contains a miniature liquid crystal display (LCD) panel, proprietary Digital Optic System, microprocessor, depth transducer, wireless cylinder pressure receiver, diver replaceable battery, and controlling software. The miniature LCD allows you to keep your eyes focused on the dive while presenting critical dive data including: current depth, elapsed dive time, cylinder pressure, and dive time remaining. The Digital Optic System provides a clear, highly magnified image of the LCD, which is viewable regardless of environmental conditions and may be seen clearly by the vast majority of people, regardless of vision.
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? If you consider that it is a fully functional Air / Nitrox computer with a wireless pressure gauge, then the rather expensive price should not blow you out of the water. It has a 24 dive memory and batteries can be “hot swapped” between dives without losing data. This mask was originally developed for military use and the fact shows. It is highly functional, yet simple in operation. If you are going deep, simplicity is a must. The only disappointing thing is that they have not yet come out with a Trimix version, maybe later.