Sure, anyone can fly a drone but, can you swim one? I mean intentionally. Well, you can now.
The BIKI is the world’s first bionic wireless underwater drone that is also the only underwater robot featuring automated balance, obstacle avoidance, and return to base capabilities. This drone swims through the water with its tail just like a fish. No propellers needed. How cool is that?
Featuring a 4K camera with a 150 degree FOV and powerful floodlights, BIKI presents you with the best view from underwater. The internal 32GB memory can store up to 2 hours of video or a whole bunch of pictures. Since it wiggles as it swims, it has built-in camera stabilization function so you won’t get motion sick when you review the footage.
The BIKI Wireless Underwater Drone can be directly controlled by your iPhone or Android device while it’s close to the surface. The app gives you a POV camera feed and real-time control over the drone. Obviously, that won’t work at it’s maximum depth of 196 feet (60 m) so, the drone also comes with an underwater controller. That way, you can take it diving and get some really cool shots of reefs and wrecks that wouldn’t be safe for you to get yourself.
You can even program in a route for it to follow from the app or from the controller. That way, you can send it in somewhere (for example, to check behind a reef for sharks) and have it comeback automatically after it’s done (assuming a shark didn’t get it). A built-in GPS makes sure it (or the shark) can be tracked.
If you’re worried about it getting caught up on something while swimming around, you shouldn’t. Like a dolphin, BIKI uses a bionic sonar echo-location process to locate objects in the environment and automatically swim around them. That sure would be handy in a crowded pool, wouldn’t it?
If you’re wondering about how tough this little drone is, don’t. It uses really tough materials and is even drop rated up to 12 inches (30 cm) so it can handle normal bumps and dings just fine.
To drive the durability point home, you should know that the inventor took a prototype to Antarctica. Yes, Antarctica. While there, the underwater robot played a significant role in the exploration into unknown territory. It worked well and gathered useful data in one of the most hostile aquatic environments on Earth. It will do just fine in your pool or on a nice Caribbean beach somewhere.
Currently on kickstarter for about 50% of the normal price, the BIKI Wireless Underwater Drone is fully funded. Units are expected to ship by August. So, if you back it, you would get yours in time for a winter trip to a warm tropical island somewhere.
BIKI Wireless Underwater Drone: Product Details
- Dimensions: 5.83 x 4.17 x 10.47 inches (148 x 106 x 266 mm ).
- Weight: 2.4 pounds (1.1 kg).
- Range: 33 feet (10 meters).
- Camera: 4k 155 degree stabilized video.
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels.
- Memory Capacity: Up to 2 hours.
- Lights: Dual 115 lumen lights.
- Speed: 1.12 mph
- Max Depth: 196 feet (60 meters).