Shb Instruments, Inc. today announced a revolutionary new product for the dive industry. Navimate™ is the first product to provide divers with the full functionality, convenience and safety of GPS navigation and positioning while underwater. This affordable wrist-mounted product displays the diver’s exact latitude and longitude, as well as his or her position on a high resolution map of the underwater terrain. Important locations can be easily marked so they can be found on future dives. As an added benefit, returning to a dive boat is now made easy. If the diver’s buddies are also equipped with Navimate™, they can each see the position of their buddies on the map on their wrist. This device will not only make diving easier, more fun and more productive, but will add a substantial increased measure of safety as well. Navimate™ uses state-of-the-art communication and signal processing technology. It was developed by a team led by Dr. Barry Megdal, currently an Electrical Engineering faculty member at Caltech. Dr. Megdal is also a NAUI-certified dive instructor.
The use of GPS has become ubiquitous in our lives, but until now, divers were unable to benefit from this technology. “Divers have been asking to be able to use GPS for years, and now Navimate™ will make that possible”, said Dr. Megdal. Because of the long-standing demand, Shb Instruments expects this product to be highly successful.
Shb Instruments will be displaying Navimate™ at booth 560 of the Dive Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (DEMA) show November 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.
Shb Instruments (shbinstruments.com) was founded in 1976 and is an industry leader in design, development and production of state-of-the-art electronic systems.