Design Boom put “Oceanwings” as the brainchild of Aqua Lung Dreamlab, a diving product manufacturer, and French designer Guillaume Binard. The concept involves a neoprene suit meant to draw an “analogy between aerial and aquatic flight illustrat[ing] this intense tri-dimensional feeling met by the underwater humans,” Design Boom stated.
Here’s what Binard’s website says about the project:
Designing the underwater human flight experience. The wingsuit is one of the most popular icones of our societies, realising the oldest human dream : flying. This project shows the similarities between the air & water environments finding their main diference with density. Then a smooth and slow flight express how powerfull are the emotions & feelings that the underwater world generates on human being. Pierre Frolla, world champion freediver explored the underwater human flight experience possibilities. A first movie has been made, filmed by Jerôme Espla, using the structure of a wingsuit base jump…underwater. The project, movies and prototypes has been showed to Paris Dive Show in january 2013, certifying that flying, in the air and underwater, still looks like the ultimate human dream… Special thanks to Pierre Frolla, Jerôme Espla, Frédérique Gouin who made this dream come true.
Check out how the winged wetsuit works:
It is unclear if and when this product would become commercially available. When it does, we can only hope that divers will be wearing waterproof cameras to send us their point-of-view videos.
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