One thing that I hate about snorkeling is the fact that I can’t stay too long underwater. That’s probably a big problem for everyone else too, so a Kickstarter campaign has been kicked off to raise funds for a new gadget called Scorkl which will give its users more freedom to explore the ocean.
Getting its name from the combination of scuba diving and snorkeling, Scorkl is manufactured to the same specifications and manufacturing standards as a normal scuba cylinder using an “always-on, breathe-on-demand, balanced single stage regulator and uses the same time proven technology found in regulators used by scuba divers around the world.” There is also a pressure gauge to tell you how much air is left in the tank.
The device will let users breathe in shallow waters for up to 10 minutes. They can refill the air inside the tank with a simple bicycle air pump. However, the Scorkl designers noted that divers shouldn’t go any deeper than 10 meters, while uncertified divers should stay within 3 meters of the surface all the times.
Many people are already super excited about the gadget. A lot of them have backed the Scorkl kickstarter campaign by raising more than $100,000 in just a few days. That easily surpassed the Scorkl maker’s expectation as they initially hoped to raise about $22,000.
Scorkl will go into production later this year and go on sale in October. Those supporting the kickstarter campaign will be able to purchase it for just $199, while everyone else can buy it for $300.
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