Take your iPhone Diving: Use Your Touchscreen UW

Take your iPhone Diving: Use Your Touchscreen UW

Would you like to use your iPhone’s touchscreen on a dive?

Imagine how great it would be if you could tap your screen and take a picture with your iPhone on a dive.

Or typing a message using the touchscreen, or one of the millions of other ways you are able to use your iPhone. Now underwater, right here:

The product was built for underwater photography, videography, exploration and education, and not for calling or texting underwater. As you might experience some issues getting on your local network

Use at 40 meters

Underwater iPhone touchscreen

This is only the beginning of underwater touchscreen - Retra UWT

The touchscreen was tested at a depth of 40 meters.

Get ready to start typing

Typing underwater

Typing might be hard with big gloves - Retra UWT

I’m sure this is just the beginning. This technology will bring endless possibilities for the use of tech equipment underwater. No more will we be restricted to buttons on the outside of a housing.

Why do we need a touchscreen?

So why do we need a touchscreen.

Oskar from Retra UWT explains: “For photography I think of the people who have a smartphone and go for a diving trip wishing to make one or two pictures of the experience.”

Which we have seen multiple of solutions trying, but not completely succeeding at, previously we reviewed the Ovision Housing.

Oskar continues: “There are already solutions for that but none of them useing all of the touchscreen.”

Can be used for Professional Photographers and Education

There are many ways we can use this new technology in the whole diving industry. I see big advantages for example with research, if we were able to use tablets to document and write notes of coral growth etc.

In the future photography might look a bit different, with the use of external screens. Oscar explaines:

“The professional usage is to have an external screen (tablet) which controls a dslr, a remote control. For videography I am thinking about an external monitor with touch capabilities. In education I can see a diving instructor using a tablet underwater to explain exercises or a dive master guiding through the dive site.”

Underwater iPhone housing

Credit: Retra UWT

Don’t Count on Using your iPhone as a Dive Computer

For now we can only wait and see where Retra UWT takes this new technology, but Oskar states that it will not be using your iPhone as a dive Computer:

“At Retra we do not believe that smartphones or tablets should be used as replacements for diving computers, hand signals or pencil pads.”

When can I get one?

This is still a prototype, and we can only wait and see when we’ll have a product ready for use.

So what can we expect of the future, still hard to know, but we'll keep you updated!

What do you think about this new thing? Will you be using your iPhone in the future?

About The Author

Torben Lonne

Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand - and dived most of his life in most of the world.He is also the co-founder and chief-editor of DIVE.in you can always catch him here [email protected]

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