DAN’s Underwater Drone for Solo Divers

Divers Alert Network often reminds its members to dive with buddies and never alone. But because many divers ignore those instructions, DAN apparently finds it worth investing in some heavy-duty technology to make solo diving safer.
DAN Europe is working on an underwater drone system that would accompany a lone diver and be able to detect if that person is in distress. The Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy, CADDY for short, is a collaborative effort between DAN Europe and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7, which focuses on cognitive systems and robotics research. It may be a while before it’s available on your local liveaboard, but you can keep up with CADDY’s progress at www.caddy-fp7.eu

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