Meet the Baby Swimmer’s World-First Aquarium Glasses
On the surface, these goggles are like anything else that comes out of the water: goggles that have an eye.
But these goggles come equipped with a special system that can detect the depth of the ocean and determine the size of the wave you’re in.
These goggles have been designed by the Aquarium of the Pacific in San Diego, Calif., which is using them for testing underwater robots.
Aquarium CEO Mark Dominguez says he’s been thinking about these goggles for more than a decade.
“We wanted to do something that we thought would be useful to the public,” he says.
“It’s really cool to be able to do this at home and to have it being used by scientists to do research.”
So the Aquarius Glasses come with a small battery pack, which will power them for up to 30 minutes.
The Aquarius glasses, which Domingue says will be made in a similar fashion to a pair of water-resistant water-soluble goggles, have been tested underwater at depths of up to 300 feet.
They have a depth-sensitive camera that will let you know how far the waves are and how far they’re heading.
The camera also allows you to see the depth at a glance, meaning that you can quickly gauge the wave’s width and direction, even if you’re not actively watching.
“The wave’s shape is what gives you the best view of where the waves have been,” Domingues says.
And you can adjust the size and angle of the lenses so that you don’t get washed out by the waves and also make them comfortable for your eyes.
These lenses are also waterproof, so they won’t fall off while swimming.
“When you swim, the waves get pushed against your face and you get a very uncomfortable feeling,” Domenes says.
When they’re not underwater, Aquarius has sensors on the glasses to detect if they’re in the water or not.
Domenez says that if the waves hit a glass, the sensors will automatically adjust the lens to protect the eyes from the wave.
“There’s no need to open them up,” he explains.
“If the waves don’t touch you, the lens will stay in place.
It’s like you’re wearing the goggles and they’re protecting your eyes from getting washed out.”
Domences says the Aquaris are also designed to be lightweight.
It has a “weight distribution system” that uses the lenses to balance the weight of the goggles when you’re swimming.
He says the system also allows the lenses not to touch each other.
“So, you have to be very careful with the lens so it doesn’t slide out,” Domezes says.
The lenses are rated for 1,000 hours of use and can be charged via a microUSB cable.
Dominguz says that the Aquarias glasses will be available for $249.99 and can also be preordered for $49.99.
“They’re really easy to use and have a lot of fun to look at,” he adds.
“You don’t need to go overboard with the technology.”