Ariadna Tech Diver Positioning System
Ariadna Tech introduces a new sleek new Diver Positioning System that promises to be the underwater navigation technology for the future. We first wrote about Project Ariadna in 2016, in fact it was one of the first articles I ever published on the site!
But all that aside, back in 2016 Ariadna was a personal underwater navigation system. and, with over 6 years of research and development, the team was in the midst of creating the first-ever wrist-worn underwater GPS device.
Now at DEMA we got our first look at this sophisticated device which comes in two parts. The Adriadna navigation system consists of a wrist unit, and a longer navigation transmitter that you wear on your leg.
The transmitter on your leg communicated with you wrist computer and tracks your movements in real time. The wrist unit display navigation data in graphical format as you dive and can be uploaded via Bluetooth to your phone after each dive.
A wireless radio frequency communication links these two devices underwater and connects with GPS at the surface to create an accurate dive profile. The Navigation Transmitter is responsible for all navigational calculations during the dive, and the Wrist Unit is used to display navigation data in graphical format. The unit can ever predict the path of satellites to ensure the most accurate GPS signable upon surfacing.
To complement its navigation technology, the system also features a dive computer functionality with an optional air-integration, however, this feature is not likely to be realized with the first production run and can be added later with a simple upgrade.
The Adriana is packed with some serious math and this advanced system deserves a closer look for any tech nerds. We spent 30 minutes speaking with the developers at the show and you can tell Adriana is built to the highest standards and we look forward to writing more about this product as it makes it way into the wrist and legs of divers.
Ariadna is preparing for a release starting in Europe around summer 2018, and you can expect to pay around $2000 to $2500 US for the package.