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Blake CarmichaelBy Blake Carmichael
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Blake CarmichaelBy Blake Carmichael
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$36,772
pledged of $210,000pledged of $210,000 goal
79
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 17 2018 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

We created NOMAD for divers old and new. Whether you're an experienced SCUBA diver looking for a simpler way to dive shallow depths or you've never even been snorkeling before, you'll be able to Dive bLU3. 

Put simply: NOMAD floats on the surface of the water while a compressor takes fresh air and pumps it right down to the diver through a 40-foot hose. 

For safety, each unit comes with a comprehensive online training course that must be completed in order to unlock your unit. Everything you need to dive is in one easy-to-carry system, just grab your mask and fins and dive in.  

The air: A compressor pumps air down to the diver through a 40-foot hose.

The backpack: Attaches directly to a mount that doubles as your dive harness – slip your weights into the weight pockets and you're good to go.

The battery: Segmented lithium ion batteries means you can take NOMAD on a plane! Exotic dive spots here you come. 

The charger: Charge NOMAD with a single cable from your wall, boat, car or even solar panel!

The features: Auto-inflation makes getting ready to dive a breeze. Simply press the "inflate" button and prep your gear while NOMAD inflates itself – no pumps or deep breaths necessary. Charge your phone or camera from the dual USB port located inside the watertight storage. 

The Safety: Like any water-related activity, diving comes with risk. 

  • Each NOMAD comes with a comprehensive online training course that must be completed in order to unlock the interface. 
  • There will also be an optional "parental control" that requires a passcode be entered prior to diving, in case your system being used without consent is of concern. 
  • A low-battery alarm can be heard underwater to alert you when it's time to surface at an appropriate speed.
  • We highly recommended a back-up air supply like Spare Air® for a safe ascent. Find the Spare Air® package in rewards. 
  • We also highly recommend that new divers review their training with a local dive instructor. 

An important rule to diving of ANY kind is to never dive alone. So convince a buddy to go in on a Double Pack and dive bLU3 for two!

Delivery: Unlike most Kickstarters, we have the infrastructure to make NOMAD happen – the support of Brownie's Marine Group, the producers of the Brownie's Third Lung™, has brought us this far and will be there to support us while we develop, manufacture and ship NOMAD. Right now, we just need to prove that people love the concept as much as we do and enough funding to make sure NOMAD gets to you the way it should. 

You can walk, hike, bike, skateboard, scooter and more with NOMAD comfortably resting on your back. 

Our current prototype attaches to the dive harness using bolts, but we are working on the design of a quick and easy click-in system.

We’ve built a functional prototype with the "Current Features" listed below. We need your help to integrate the "Future Features" and move into production. We’ll have all of these features integrated by the time we ship out your NOMAD :)

  • Waterproof touch interface
  • Auto-inflation - press inflate, and get ready to dive!
  • Watertight storage compartment - store your phone, wallet, etc.
  • Built-in USB charging port - charge your mobile devices, cameras, etc.
  • Color LED Mode Indicator - let's you know what Mode you're in (Inflate, deflate, dive, low battery, etc)
  • Size and Weight - the production NOMAD will be significantly smaller and lighter than the current prototype.
  • Backpack Latching System - easily click the backpack dive harness on to and off of the NOMAD shell.
  • Low-Battery Alarm - an audible signal that notifies the diver that the battery voltage is low and he/she should begin to surface.
  • Sensor Package Modularity - electronics hardware and software to accept future development in sensor packages. GPS Tracking!
  • bLU3 Mobile Application - a mobile app that will connect to NOMAD and automatically transfer environmental data to an online database, store your GPS dive tracks and photos/videos, and more.
  • Segmented Lithium Ion Battery Packs - the battery pack will separate into modules that are each less than 100 Wh. This means that you're able to take your NOMAD on a plane and bring your batteries, too.
NOMAD easily fits in even the smallest of vehicles!
NOMAD easily fits in even the smallest of vehicles!

Part of our mission at bLU3 is to develop a sensor package that seamlessly collects environmental data while you dive. 

The goal is to prevent "Environmental Amnesia" – a term used to describe the unnoticed decline of ocean health over decades. We have to keep track of what is happening in order to stop it from happening. 

All you’ll have to do is connect NOMAD to your mobile app and it’ll automatically sync to an online database. The development of the sensor package is underway, but we cannot guarantee that it will be in production by the time that the first NOMAD units are sent out. Stay tuned so that you can keep up-to-date on our development in this area.

It’s about ease and enjoyment, exploration and adventure, memories and bonding. To Dive bLU3 is to enjoy the underwater world, while treating it with care. The bLU3 lifestyle involves enjoying this planet to its greatest potential, while practicing habits that promote a sustainable world. Together, we can spread the remarkable sport of diving and cultivate a beautiful bLU3 planet.

With ALL forms of diving, you must be prepared for the worst. Spare Air® is the smallest, most-compact "redundant air" system available. A custom bLU3 holster will be included to mount your reserve bottle directly to your dive harness. Find the NOMAD Spare Air® Package in the Rewards!

Kickstarter breathes life into innovation and that's exactly what NOMAD is – innovative. We know surface supplied air or "hookah diving" systems already exist... In fact, our parent company has been producing them since 1969. But, a diving system like this has never been done before. That means there is no manufacturing that exists capable producing this all-in-one, user-friendly system. We have the vision, facilities, connections, skills and know-how. All we need is the support of the public to provide initial funding, show investors that there is a market, and leverage our resources and experience to revolutionize the sport of diving for years to come.

We need backers to prove that people want a simple and affordable way to explore the underwater world. So come on, Kickstarters – Dive in!

 Blake Carmichael, CEO/Co-founder & Electrical Engineer

Blake is an electrical engineer and his innovation, work ethic and deep regard for the ocean and environment is the driving force of our mission. To Blake, it isn't finished until it's perfect – It is this mentality that will ensure NOMAD hits our early supporters in it's best possible state with consistent advancements to follow.  

Wesley Siebenthal, Co-founder & Mechanical Engineer 

Wesley is a mechanical engineer with a catalogue of experience in developing new technologies across a span of industries from medical tech to space exploration. His creativity, dedication and practicality has made the superior development of NOMAD possible. 

Robert Carmichael, CEO of Brownie's Marine Group

Robert is a diver, an explorer and an inventor with an incredible talent for building business and getting innovative products to market. He is the founder and CEO of a successful family of brands all with a unique focus on the diving industry. 

 Yasmin Santos, Director of Marketing & PR

Yasmin has been practicing in and studying the communications industry since the age of 16. Her experience in marketing and design combined with her status as a novice diver allows her to clearly communicate the bLU3 message to the masses. 

Become a backer and spread the word! 

Then, get ready to #divebLU3. Check us out at www.diveblu3.com 

Risks and challenges

As stated in the project description, we have a few more features to implement in our next round of prototypes. This is absolutely achievable within the time frame that we have set. But we need to reach our funding goal first, that's where you come in. We're only a few steps away from the final design!

AIR COMPRESSOR ORDER
An extremely high-efficiency, medical-grade breathing air compressor is at the heart of what makes NOMAD possible. Cutting a deal with our supplier on a large quantity of these compressors is what allows you, the customer, to enjoy the comfortable price that we've set for NOMAD. The foundation has been laid, and with a successful round of pre-orders through this Kickstarter campaign, we will be on our way to supplying you with the most affordable way to stay underwater!

MANUFACTURING CHALLENGES
A common challenge emerging products face is lack of support and inexperience in the manufacturing world. bLU3 has bypassed that challenge through the support of Brownie's Marine Group, a longtime player in the development and manufacturing of dive systems and related products including the successful Brownie's Third Lung, a legendary evolution of surface supplied air diving systems like bLU3.

Delivering the final product to our customers will require special tooling and manufacturing processes so that NOMAD can be built in high quantities quickly and affordably. There is still a few final touches to be completed prior to entering the tooling phase, but we are almost there. We will be sure to keep you updated as the timeline progresses.

About BMG
Brownie’s Marine Group (BMG) is the parent company to an innovative family of brands, with a unique concentration on the diving industry. From the flagship product – the Brownie’s Third Lung to the coolest (literally) tankfill system on the market – NitroxMaker™.

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    Follow Our Bubbles

    Keep up with us as we dive into the production of NOMAD and receive exclusive updates and rewards.

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    bLU3 Ocean Pack

    Keep the ocean beautifully bLU3 by keeping it plastic-free with our branded grocery and produce bags.

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    • bLU3 Mesh Produce Bag
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    bLU3 List

    Can't put down the green for bLU3 just yet?
    Receive a bLU3 mask strap and priority placement on our pre-order list, so you can purchase NOMAD at a special rate post-Kickstarter of $100 off the MSRP.
    Add on an extra $30 or more to get the bLU3 Ocean Pack as well!

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    Celebrate with the bLU3 Crew

    Receive a spot on the post-Kickstarter waiting list, an invitation to our Launch Party in Fort Lauderdale, Fl (December 2018). Plus, a bLU3 *swag pack*
    Add on an extra $30 or more to get the bLU3 Ocean Pack as well!

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    First Round Backer

    $1000 OFF MSRP!

    Receive your very own NOMAD at an incredible rate! Become a key player in making NOMAD a reality.

    Add $100 or more to your pledge for a set of Mask/Fins/Snorkel, we'll ask for your size at shipment.
    Add on an extra $30 or more to get the bLU3 Ocean Pack as well!

    Add $350 for a Spare Air™ package with a bLU3 custom holster that easily attaches onto the NOMAD dive harness. Package includes the Spare Air safety leash and air-compressor refill adapter.

    If your country is not included in the shipping options, please be sure to let us know so we can accommodate!

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    • Backpack Dive Harness
    • Battery Pack and Charger
    • Online Training
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    NOMAD Spare Air Package

    $1000 OFF MSRP!

    Receive your very own NOMAD at an incredible rate, paired with a Spare Air® bailout bottle for additional safety! Spare Air® package includes safety leash, refill adapter, and a custom holster to fit your Backpack Dive Harness. We will ask you whether you want a 3.0 or 1.7 cubic foot bottle once the campaign is completed.

    Add $100 or more to your pledge for a set of Mask/Fins/Snorkel, we'll ask for your size at shipment.
    Add on an extra $30 or more to get the bLU3 Ocean Pack as well!

    If your country is not included in the shipping options, please be sure to let us know so we can accommodate!

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    • Backpack Dive Harness
    • Battery Pack and Charger
    • Online Training
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    bLU3 Backer

    $300 OFF MSRP!

    Become a bLU3 backer and receive your very own NOMAD! Become a key player in making NOMAD a reality.

    Add $100 or more to your pledge for a set of Mask/Fins/Snorkel, we'll ask for your size at shipment.
    Add on an extra $30 or more to get the bLU3 Ocean Pack as well!

    If your country is not included in the shipping options, please be sure to let us know so we can accommodate!

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    • Backpack Dive Harness
    • Battery Pack and Charger
    • Online Training
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    First Round Double Pack

    $2100 OFF MSRP!

    Receive TWO NOMAD units at an incredible rate. Become a key player in making NOMAD a reality.

    Add $200 or more to your pledge for TWO sets of Mask/Fins/Snorkel, we'll ask for your sizes at shipment.
    Add on an extra $30 or more to get the bLU3 Ocean Pack as well!

    Add $350 per Spare Air™ package. Includes a bLU3 custom holster that easily attaches onto the NOMAD dive harness. Package also includes the Spare Air safety leash and air-compressor refill adapter.

    If your country is not included in the shipping options, please be sure to let us know so we can accommodate!

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    • Backpack Dive Harness
    • Battery Pack and Charger
    • Online Training
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    First Round Resort Pack

    Whether you're a resort manager or entrepreneur, this package is all you need to dive bLU3 – including a visit from the bLU3 Crew to help get you set up.

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    • Backpack Dive Harness
    • Battery Pack and Charger
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Funding period

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