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What’s the “One DEMA” Product This Year?

John Bantin reports on what’s worth buying and ignoring

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Away from the oppressive hustle and bustle of the casinos, the roar of the massed one-armed bandits and the distraction of scantily-clad women, the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas was the place where the world's diving trade met in November to chew the fat and show what they had to offer. The world's premier diving destinations had booths positioned cheek by jowl with all the equipment manufacturers, not only the long-established companies but also those hoping to break into the market with what they perceived to be the underwater equivalent of the best thing since sliced bread.

It's often the "One DEMA" product that provides the most entertainment for those seeking out the newest equipment. These are the products displayed hopefully by those who have come up with an engineered solution to a problem that probably doesn't exist and will have sunk without a trace within 12 months. But this year, several of those apparently no-hope products were back again in a more developed form.

For example, there was the automatic buoyancy control device that was shown about 15 years ago. It worked -- but truth is, it just wasn't needed. Most divers can manage the manual direct-feed and dump valve on their BC. Not to be discouraged, a Swiss manufacturer has picked up the lapsed patent and added a decompression computer. The SUBA series will be available pre-fitted to BCs. We'll see whether it was ahead of its time 15 years ago ... or whether there will never be a time....

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