So, I now have an underwater camera for our trip to Belize.
It is called an iPhone.
Well, an iPhone wrapped in a Lifeproof casing, which the company boasts is “Water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof.” I think it might even float.
My step-daughter Caira bought one first – I think for yet another reason: She is constantly smashing the screen on her phone. This casing should slow down the fracture-rate.
Cai and a friend tested the case by taking some underwater photos and videos in a neighbor’s pool. They came out spectacular.
Given the clarity of the water in Belize, I think this will be adequate for aquatic shooting!
(Update: The Lifeproof case was a gift from my beloved wife and partner, Rose Alcantara, for which I am most grateful! Jeesh, how did I leave that out?)
The Lifeproof case came with a bonus: improved audio. Ever since my phone got basted with melted chocolate (not a long story but not that interesting …) the audio has been almost non-existent. Now I can actually hear people talking when the speaker is on.
If the case lacks anything it is a loop for a cord to hang the phone around my neck or wrist. Chances are I will drop it in the water and test the supposition that it may float. If not, I’ll be doing some rapid dives to recover it.
On a side note, my design engineer son Christopher is on a quest to build an insulin pump that is “as tough as the people who use it.” Lifeproof is all about iPhone and iPad cases but it occurred to me that Chris, who has had diabetes since age 2, should talk to them about designing a shock-proof, water-proof case for insulin pumps.
Chris breaks as many insulin pumps as Cai breaks phones.
He’s an active guy – mountain biking, running, snowboarding, skydiving, wakeboarding. Diabetes has never defined his lifestyle and he’s not the only one.
Right now, he is on an 18-day trek down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon with some friends. He packed three insulin pumps in separate waterproof bags and stashed them on separate boats. Maybe with a pump made for his kind of lifestyle he wouldn’t have to do that.
I’ll have to wait until he gets back to hear what he thinks of the Lifeproof idea.