Just a quick note about a new SCUBA gadget I’ve backed on Kickstarter.
This little gadget is a non displaying dive profile recorder just to be used to quickly copy your profile to your iOS device where you can share it with your friends.
Update [January 23, 2013 at 12:26 am]: The bluebuddy has been funded. Another thing to sit in my kickstarter menu and wait for the day I get to go hands on.
I’ve been testing the software for the SCUBA Capsule for 2 days now. This testing in JUST the application as the hardware is not yet shipping.
Here are the key points that I’ve noticed so far:
- Only a few crash bugs, all it all reasonably stable. [Edit: most crash bugs already fixed]
- Feel to the UI is consistent and fluid.
- Several inputs are not labeled properly yet (polish) [Edit: All of these have been fixed]
- Several of the inputs do not function as properly [Edit: All of these have been fixed]
- Lacks proper support for nitrox or trimix having only selectable blends rather than the ability to input it. This makes it [not ideal
unusable] for anything but air as it stands.
If they get the inputs fixed, add proper blended gas support, and fix the few crash bugs this looks to be a very solid start. Most of the issues seem to be minor UI related things and should be fairly easy to fix.
I can’t wait until I get my hands on the hardware. I might try to find a computer to borrow that uses the same deco model for comparison.
Also have a concern that putting the iPhone in when warm and then doing a cold dive could cause condensation issues.
[Edit (2/3/13): Updated feedback on some of the bullet points]
My approach to testing.
This is my current plan for the REC version of the SCUBA Capsule. This is influenced buy my current dive computer a Suunto D4, the fact that I’m in Michigan, and that I should be getting my hands on this Fall and its already a bit chilly considering I do not yet own a dry suit. In general I will just be looking to compare the information between both computers on a dive. I will be using the same table when I test the PRO version later. I’m only listing things that might be tricky to test or that I really want to check out.
Continue reading “Initial Test Plans”
This is one of the main reasons I started this blog. This is the Scuba Capsule that is being developed by Utmost Tech http://scubacapsule.com/.
I have been keeping an eye on this project for a while now and finally decided to commit and joined the beta testing for $500. No ETA on shipping yet but I can’t wait. The only major drawback is that it gets a bit chilly to dive in Michigan over the winter. I guess that means its time to do some river and ice diving. I will be making some posts about my thoughts of the listed features and how I plan on testing them.