January 9, 2008

The Life Amphibious project

Filed under: All, Equipment, General, Records — Tags: , , , , — jome @ 3:19 pm

Life AmphibiousAlex Sarasitis of the company Trygons, famous to freedivers from designing and implementing the systems used by Herbert Nitsch on his 214m no-limits record, has an interesting project in the works. The Australian marine biologist Lloyd Godson and his Greek partner Carolina Sarasiti plan to cross 500 km of distance in custom-built human powered fish shaped submarines, designed and built by Alex.

The “Life Amphibious” project has many parallels to the previously mentioned “Sub Human Project”, as it also includes the idea of crossing great distances in the sea using a human powered submarine. Also similar is the is the re-design of the concept of the monofin, achieving greater efficiency by dynamically changing the angle of the blade. There are not much technical details yet, but it is very interesting that the latest update hints at Herbert Nitsch using this design on a world record attempt in 2008.

On the last update you can also see a picture of a kind of early prototype of the device, which is very strange looking indeed.

Looks like the year 2008 will be the battle of the monofins. Will the lunocet or Alex’s invetion take the trophy? Or will traditional monofins still hold their place? In any case this year should be interesting for freedivers.

January 7, 2008

Re-thinking the Monofin

Filed under: All, Equipment — Tags: , — jome @ 5:07 am

The LunocetThe Subhuman project is the brain child of inventor Ted Ciamillo, who plans to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a biomechanical submarine. While interesting in it self, freedivers will be especially interested in the subproject of this adventure called “The Lunocet”, which is a type of monofin that mimics the biomechanical propulsion of Dolphins. While already discussed before and yet to be seen or tried by freedivers, the project certainly looks interesting and gives food for thought in the cold winter months when we all yearn for the sea…

For more information check the subhuman project web site or this PDF.

How long until we see more completely different solutions to this problem? Or is this just a marketing gimmic and the current monofins are just “perfect”?

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