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Do underwater drones really exist?

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Underwater drones allow you to descend into the mysterious depths of our planet’s great lakes, seas and oceans. They are fully equipped with camera equipment so that you can see and record everything that these little unmanned submarines encounter on their adventures. The idea of having our own submersible drone has always been a dream for many us and thanks to technological advances – the dream is now becoming a reality. 

Lets take a look at the best underwater drones that are available in 2018/2019:

 iBubble

iBubble

The iBubble underwater drone is the first hands-free underwater drone of its kind. The diving drone is designed to follow you while you’re underwater, capturing amazing and high-quality footage without any operation on your part.

iBubble claim to having made the first intelligent, user-friendly and completely autonomous diving drone. It gives you unprecedented possibilities to create underwater movies with sports camera like the popular GoPro.

The iBubble is the first underwater drone developed specifically for scuba divers. About the size of a lifeguard’s flotation device, the iBubble will quite literally follow you around like a dog on your dive, recording not just the dive site, but also you and your buddies as well. The operator wears a bracelet so the iBubble knows who to follow. You can also use the bracelet to call the drone to you if you want to use it as a camera, or if you need to surface. The drone can move up to 80 feet (25 m) away from divers.

 

DTG2 underwater drone

DTG2

The DTG2 is designed with the Deep Trekker patented pitching system for unmatched maneuverability. An internal HD camera, with a 330 degree field of view so you can inspect below, above, behind or in front of you, and see the live feed directly to your hand held controller. It has a forward speed of 2.5 knots, with depth ratings of 100mtr and 150mtr, this tool is ideal for underwater inspections in your tough environments.

The DTG2 claims to be one of the easiest to maneuver. The basic model, called the DTG2 starter, will take you to 165 feet (50mtr) with its tether and features a 700 ppi camera. The advanced model, the DTG2 Smart, features a 246-foot tether (75 m) and features such as depth and pitch sensors.

 

Trident underwater drone

Trident

Trident is designed for use by boaters, scuba divers and in underwater exploration. Every aspect of the Trident design has been painstakingly thought out in order to optimize performance and usability in any situation. One of the secrets of its versatility is the unique, hydrodynamically offset thruster design. This configuration allows you to move through the water fast and efficiently when you want to rapidly search an area or run a transect, but also allows you to maneuver very delicately when in tight quarters or while looking at a particular target.

By taking advantage of drag’s exponential relationship with velocity, the off-center vertical thruster of the ROV can cause it to pitch at high speeds but also hover or change depth without pitching while operating at low speeds – similar to the way a traditional ROV works.

It uses a neutrally buoyant tether to communicate to a towable buoy on the surface (radio waves don’t travel well in water) and the buoy connects to the pilot using a long range WiFi signal. Using a wireless towable buoy greatly increases the practical range of the vehicle while doing transects and search patterns since a physical connection between the vehicle and the pilot doesn’t need to be maintained. You can connect to the buoy and control Trident using a tablet or laptop from a boat or from the shore.

Maybe soon on Future Tech Essentials? 

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