Blueye Robotics created an underwater consumer drone that can reach depths of up to 150 meters.
The Blueye Pioneer is slated to launch early 2018 and will retail for around $3,500, a steal considering most military-grade or professional underwater drones cost upwards of $20,000. The drone will be remotely controlled using a smartphone, tablet or PC and will have a high-definition camera mounted on it so consumers can explore the depths of the ocean without getting wet. A special wide-angled video lens that works in low light was created for this underwater consumer drone. Weighing in at fifteen pounds, the Blueye Pioneer can travel up to 2.5 meters a second.
Scientists will be able to use this inexpensive underwater drone for environmental monitoring and fish farmers can use the device to monitor their stock and keep an eye on underwater conditions.