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Shearwater live streaming update July 23

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches & Analyzers' started by scubadada, Jul 20, 2020.

  1. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I wonder what this is about? I bet I'm not the only one
     
  2. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Somebody posted in one of the other threads that there was a rumor of a "mid-priced" device.

    I think the post got deleted because it was in the Manufacturer's forum, so Shearwater has control and can delete whatever they want.

    Anyway, if that rumor is true, my guess is a less-expensive version of a Perdix that is OC Rec mode-only. I have no guess as to whether it would be AI or not. Maybe a version of each?

    I wonder if they're going back to the model they used to have of selling computers with locked features, and then selling unlock/upgrades? So, maybe a stripped-down Perdix and Perdix AI, with an option to buy an upgrade to the full Trimix/OC Tec/CCR version of the firmware later. That would be a pretty sweet way to address the "new divers should only buy a recreational computer" crowd and the "buy something that is futureproof" crowd and the "Shearwaters are too expensive for newbies" crowd all at the same time.

    Maybe with a GPS thrown in to sweeten the pot even for existing Perdix(AI) owners, too?
     
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  4. ATJ

    ATJ Contributor

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    I love that idea!

    I doubt the existing hardware would have the capability to do GPS. It's not just a software thing.
     
  5. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

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    i was not assuming they would keep the hardware identical. In fact, I doubt they will.
     
  6. ATJ

    ATJ Contributor

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    Oh... I see what you mean. I thought you meant an upgrade to exiting units for GPS. I now see you mean existing owners to buy the new computer.
     
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  7. dogbone

    dogbone ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    i'm thinking something to cater to the new covid market...with more sensitive sensors to better capture pool and bath tub diving perhaps...
     
  8. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    Shearwater has built its brand on no compromise technical computers (with great after sales support), they then increased their market share by adding "recrationional features" such as AI and bringing out a watch size format.

    All the time they've maintained theri high end price point. While bringing out a mid level computer (price wise) surely has advantages with the additional sales opportunities, but additional volume always brings the potential of downsides with support and if there is a QC issues cause by volume then that can damage the brand

    Currently they're an aspirational brand - sure its a capable computer, but so are others for less money - their brand name has value

    I'm sure Rolls Royce could build a $50,000 entry model - to compete directly with other German brands - but they won't because their brand is built on exclusivity

    I'm not saying the same about Shearwater just using an extreme anagogy to make a point.


    Certainly mid range would be good. In my location outside the US teh D5 flies off the shelves because its a colour screen and a much lower price point than Teric (and perdix)

    But then - I think Perdix is long in the tooth with out dated menus and screen (compared with its competitors)

    The only certainty I have is I would not bet hard money predicting what teh SW announcement would b, given that previously the community has been 100% wrong and SW always surprise
     
  9. Manjula Ellepola

    Manjula Ellepola Contributor

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    Perhaps a new SW computer with navigation and messaging...
     
  10. MaxE

    MaxE Contributor

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    My bet is on a $450 computer
     
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