I'm looking for help in putting together an open source dive computer. All designs and code will made available for free upon completion.
Why you ask?
Well commercial versions of these start at £600 and sail all the way to £1200+ and that's just crazy in my opinion. I also want to give back as I've recently decided to be more socialist than capitalist so want to do this.
What have I done so far?
Well I have the algorithm to drive it, and have researched all the required components. Being a mechanical engineer I can't do the programming but I will be designing the housing and case for this which will be my donation to the cause. I will produce 2d and 3d models so people can make their own.
It's governed by theoretical compartments in the body (16 each for Nitrogen and Helium) and the half times for these to absorb each gas then off gas it. The single algorithm governs these which is so simple even I understand it :o Others who have done this say the code is very short; to get it running is 150 - 200 lines of code. The interface takes longer but hopefully by then we will have interest from others who can push the project along.
So I'm looking for help to try and make others lives better. Ideally, as I'm not making any money from this, I'm hoping to find other like minded individuals, maybe divers or those who want to give a little back too. If there is none of them I am prepared to pay for this but hopefully it won't be too much to make the project prohibitive.
I would be happy to make any contributors a free case for their own dive computer / rebreather controller (I have a CNC mill and make shiny things from Aluminium and Delrin) so that if they do dive they can use it for their own needs.