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October 2017    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 32, No. 10   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Transmit Video While Diving?

from the October, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

If you are a Snapchat user, you may have heard of the Snapchat eyeglasses that include a little camera so that you can instantaneously send a message to friends with pictures of what you're looking at.

Well, if you're a passenger on a Royal Caribbean Line journey, you might soon be able to use a diving mask that has been specially designed to send Snapchat photos.

The cruise line created prototypes of the mask, which allows shooting up to 30 minutes of 10-second footage. They call it the SeaSeeker mask and say it "transforms Snapchat spectacles into underwater goggles." All the Snapchat videos recorded with it can be seen on YouTube.

We're unclear how the technology works (since radio waves don't pass well through water), but they claim that users will be able to livestream videos from up to 150 feet (46m) deep.

The SeaSeeker mask is being tested in Mexico at the moment, and the adventures of free diver Ashleigh Baird in and around the Blue Holes are being live-streamed on the @RoyalCaribbean account as part of their #SeekDeeper campaign.

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