Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Under Da Sea

Problem Description
While the dive community around Oahu is thriving, it is rather difficult to get off-shore coordinates for dive sites. One must currently scour multiple websites, which do not agree with each other regarding the correct coordinates for the wrecks. Additionally, one must visit another site to find whether wave conditions are favorable for diving. Finally, dive logs are still generally kept in paper books that are subject to the water that may splash or drip onto them from dive gear.

System Capabilities
An all-in-one information site for local divers would be an incredible asset to the community. A diver could look up wave heights, then link to dives available in the favorable parts of the island, both shore and boat dives, with coordinates for launch points and mooring lines. Once the dive is completed, the dive can be logged digitally, providing a permanent record, stored in the cloud. Dive shops could log into the system to certify training dives virtually once away from the water.

Business Benefits
Simplifying all these resources into one single-access point would facilitate simpler decision-making prior to diving. Additionally, verified coordinates would allow individuals to know they were going to the right location. The less stress an individual experiences in diving, the likelier they are to have a safe dive. Also, the permanence afforded by a digital dive record ensure data is not lost, thus allowing an individual to prove their capabilities when applying for advanced certifications.

"There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent." -Dave Barry

1 comment:

  1. Cool! BTW, did you see this demo that a previous HPU student created: