While the market is crowded with drones that can add glorious aerial footage to your dive travel destination productions, underwater drones haven’t quite, well, taken off in the same way. But a French company called Notilo Plus is aiming to change that, and their iBubble submarine drone is about to start shipping. The product of a 2016 Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that raised more than two-and-a-half times its goal, the iBubble has undergone several refinements to arrive at the final production model that is being delivered to supporters from next month.
The cool part? The iBubble can operate completely autonomously, functioning like your own personal camerman and filming you as it follows you on your dives. Alternatively, you can add a tethered remote control and explore via a live video feed at the surface. The iBubble is compatible with most action cameras via a standard mount, including GoPro HERO3 and upwards. The drone can dive to a maximum depth of 200 feet and operate for around an hour on a single charge—when the battery is low, it will automatically return to you.
The iBubble is being sold for $4,100 (excl. VAT) on the iBubble website, and delivery is estimated in January 2019. Below, check out the latest video to show off the drone’s capabilities, filmed in the Maldives.
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