A Hawaiian twist on the glass-bottomed boat
Snorkelling may be a great way of seeing marine life close to shore, but things get a little trickier if you want to explore the less-crowded waters that lie farther out. That's why a group of entrepreneurs in Kona, Hawaii created the Aeon Explorer. It's an electric personal watercraft that lets its riders see beneath the surface.
Users lie prone on the fiberglass-bodied vessel, looking down through an acrylic window in the underside of its nose – they can also look forward, of course, to see where they're going.
Propulsion is provided by a single propeller in the rear, while a dual joystick system is used for steering and throttle control. A solar panel on top boosts the battery range.
Additionally, LED spotlights on the underside of the craft help illuminate the depths at night, and can also attract wildlife.
The Aeon Explorer team is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to ramp up production of the vehicle. Ultimately, the hope is to lease the watercraft to eco-tourism businesses, and use them within the community for educating children or getting physically challenged users out on the water.
Different perks are available for different pledge levels, although there's no option for getting an Explorer of your own. Should you like the general idea, however, you might also be interested in the Zayak Sea Sled – it's another surface vessel with an underwater window in the bottom, although it doesn't have a motor.
The Aeon Explorer can be seen in action, in the video below.