The future of underwater exploration
Search and recovery is the act of locating and retrieving a missing person when it has been determined that they are beyond rescue, and also includes the retrieval of valuable objects such as police evidence or overboard vessel equipment. Underwater remains in an analog world while modern technology constantly pushes its edge toward other fields. Hence, S&R, an industry-renowned private institute specializing in professional training for Search & Recovery divers, tasked us to design a smart headset that assists professional S&R divers with their jobs and fully enhances their experience under water with the caution of maintaining the Ocean's ecosystem.
VISTA helps the professional S&R team to accomplish missions in a more efficient, smooth and safe way by providing a AR diving headset with intuitive and reliable interaction content and an assisting APP for crews to ensure safety.
Vista comes with two sides, the diving headset embedded with digital features and the crew side monitoring application.
Vista is a gender-neutral diving mask that comes in three sizes. With cutting edge technology and multifunction sensors, the full-face mask allows users to take control of their light, communicate, and navigate through the screen easily, besides all basic functions. It takes many aspects of ergonomics into consideration in order to fit the mass market.
Vista ensures diver safety, enhances diver productivity, and enables clear communication with the crew through intuitive and reliable interaction features.
Vista contains the crew’s side App that helps the team track the whole mission and monitor all divers’ situations easily.
Vista is the first ever smart product in the professional scuba diving field. Finishing a mission might be boring and unpredictable for current divers, but, with Vista, we make the whole experience easy and pleasant. As safety is the most important issue in the underwater world, it is extremely prioritized in our system.
Through extensive research, we find there are three pain points for current S&R divers as well as all other scuba divers: overburdened equipment, limited communication, and lack of information. Our main goal for this project is to solve these three problems. Through low-fidelity prototypes and side-view sketches, our final product has a lot of soft curvatures and has a lite sporty feeling.
In order to understand our users, we did a thorough research about their workflows and watched documentaries to observe their working environment and find pain points while they are completing their mission.
Based on our users’ needs and their conventional behavior routines, a new interaction system is designed to cover every aspect and potential situation that users’ might encounter during their dive. All kinds of information is collected as much as possible as well to provide a better user experience.
Clay models and scale models are used to test out the proper scale of the project and enable real ergonomics.
We created a side view guideline image as the underlay for all further development of the form so that every tech part is covered in the mask. From there, with three design directions in mind, we are trying to find the most outstanding yet acceptable form as our final look.
Modern technology is rapidly developing in all other fields, but this project will be the first high tech smart headset for underwater. There is a large range to explore, and we believe the product can be applied to the larger market. In the future, we wanna push Vista further into the recreational market and try to lower the bar for diving and help create a safer and more pleasant underwater world.