It’s time for an update on when SAUL will be out in a dive computer.
The bad news is – there’s nothing definite yet.
On the plus side, I have contacted some computer manufacturers and am continuing to identify and contact others whose computers would benefit from incorporating SAUL. Still on the plus side, SAUL is completely dive-computer-ready, lacking only the specific software connection between it and any given computer (a user interface that will work with SAUL). For this reason, I haven’t given up on a potential 2015 release of SAUL. It’s a bit of a long-shot at this point, but not out of the question.
If you have a favourite mid-range dive computer in mind that you’d like to see SAUL in, feel free to suggest it to the manufacturer. I’d welcome inquiries, whether or not it’s from one I have already contacted.
On to other matters. Part of the reason I haven’t posted for a while (aside from efforts re SAUL) is an active research program. I have a very capable young researcher from Mexico in my lab who’s now approaching the end of his 3 year term. Together, we’ve produced a sizeable body of interesting research. The downside to that is the somewhat tedious and time-consuming process of transforming that research into published papers. With one substantial paper published this summer, there are still another 4 or 5 papers at various stages of their evolution towards a published state.
The focus of the research was on the fundamentals of bubble behaviour. Along the way, some of what we’ve found has interesting implications for diving, including PFO’s, inner-ear DCS, muscle and joint DCS, and DCS in breath-hold diving. I will be discussing some of this in future posts, as each relevant paper is published. (The reason for waiting is so I can post the published paper in the Articles section at the same time.)