u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies and services, has announced that its GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technology is being used in a smart altimeter for skydivers, paragliders, wingsuit pilots and other aerial athletes.
Dekunu Technologies’ Dekunu One SmartAlti is a body-worn altimeter that provides a similar quality of information about a user’s altitude and position in the sky as pilots receive in their cockpits. A large, clear display ensures that skydivers can always access that information easily. This helps with their situational awareness and enables them to make smarter decisions about their own and fellow skydivers’ safety during freefall.
Dekunu Technologies was started by Brent Chandler, a skydiving and technology enthusiast based in Australia. Chandler couldn’t find a product that provided all the information he felt he needed during a skydive, and so decided to build his own. After 11 rounds of prototyping using best-in-class components he came up with the hardware platform for a smart altimeter. The SmartAlti is on sale with a rich feature set that brings cockpit-class information to today’s skydivers. It will be refined over the long term using firmware updates to add features.
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