ORB Helmet Could Redefine Scuba Diving

If you've ever been scuba diving, you know what an amazing experience it is to be able to observe and mingle with underwater life. One of the biggest drawbacks of scuba diving is that the equipment in bulky, heavy and often a hindrance to the experience. The ORB Helmet would eliminate the need for bulky equipment and consolidate the technology into one simple piece of scuba diving equipment. 

ORB Scuba Diving HelmetORB Scuba Diving Helmet

 

With traditional scuba diving, the diver carries their own source of breathing gas with them underwater. This means they need an apparatus to carry that gas, which usually means they carry a tank of compressed air on their back. While this tank makes deep diving possible, it is also bulky and heavy. 

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The ORB Helmet is a conceptual scuba diving helmet, designed by Thomas Winship, that would utilize rebreather technology to condense the necessary scuba diving equipment into one self-contained helmet. Rebreather technology utilizes an apparatus that absorbs the carbon dioxide from exhaled breath so that the substantial amount of unused oxygen can be rebreathed by the user.

Evolution Of The ORB ConceptEvolution Of The ORB Concept

Winship designed this helmet as a part of Ba(hons) Product design at Staffordshire University. The most prominent feature of the helmet is of course the rebreather technology, which would eliminate the need for bulky scuba diving equipment, enhancing the overall scuba diving experience, but the ORB also has some other cool attributes. 

ORB is made of several pressure resisting materials that would retard the effects of pressurization on the ears--that is, no more ear popping. The outer shell and most of the extremities are made of ABS plastic. This plastic is used in automobile bumpers and golf clubs because of its ability to effectively absorb impact. It is also lightweight, which is a great benefit to the diver's neck muscles. 

Making The ORB ModelMaking The ORB Model

The ORB Helmet would employ Bluetooth technology to allow divers to communicate with each other. Not only does this mean that divers can share their experience, but it means the diving experience is safer for the added communication lines. Another safety feature on the ORB Helmet are the LED lights. These lights help divers see their surroundings and helps other divers know the location of their comrades. 

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All of these features could redefine the scuba diving experience. However, the ORB Helmet is only in its conceptual phase right now, and the technology isn't yet advanced enough to handle deep dives. So if and when the ORB hits the market, it would only be effective for shallow dives. Regardless of its limitations, ORB could make scuba diving more accessible and easier for the general public.

Sources: Behance, Tuvie, Wikipedia