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A Taste of New Products at DEMA 2017

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Every year the diving industry gathers at a convention center to meet and greet and launch new initiatives and products. This past November, it was Orlando's turn to host the event. A newcomer to the event was amazed to see icons of the diving industry, such as Bruce Wienke, the man who wrote the algorithm for many popular dive computers, Richard Pyle, the deep diving ichthyologist, National Geographic Explorer in Residence Sylvia Earle, and others like them strolling the aisles. That's typical, but it's also an indication of how small and personable the diving industry is.

EON Core computer by SuuntoEvolution in Diving Computers

As usual, there were few revolutionary products on display in the main hall (these days it's "gentle evolution"). For example, Suunto displayed its EON Core computer, a recreational version of the original EON steel (with the same intuitive 3-button menu logic) suitable for less deep diving (to only 262 feet (80m) deep), housed in a reinforced composite case but with a similarly sized TFL color display.

Its rechargeable battery is good for 20 to 40 hours and wirelessly connects to a smartphone. With the addition of a suitable Suunto tank POD to a regulator's first-stage, it can monitor up to 10 different gases with the right number of PODs. One can alter the display to suit personal taste by connecting with the Movescount app. Available in 17 different languages, it is expected to sell for $999 plus $440 for a POD.

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