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Subnado is claimed to be world's lightest, smallest underwater scooter

Subnado is claimed to be world...
The Subnado is headed for Kickstarter, where pricing will start at US$299
The Subnado is headed for Kickstarter, where pricing will start at US$299
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An expansion ring can be screwed onto the front of the Subnado, providing mounting points for cameras, lights or other accessories
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An expansion ring can be screwed onto the front of the Subnado, providing mounting points for cameras, lights or other accessories
The Subnado is headed for Kickstarter, where pricing will start at US$299
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The Subnado is headed for Kickstarter, where pricing will start at US$299
The Subnado can be carried in a backpack, like a thermos
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The Subnado can be carried in a backpack, like a thermos
The Subnado can be taken to a maximum depth of 60 m (197 ft)
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The Subnado can be taken to a maximum depth of 60 m (197 ft)
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There are now several companies making underwater scooters, so in order for one of the things to stand out, it really has to be special. The Subnado is claimed to fit that bill, as it's reportedly the world's smallest and lightest such device.

Soon to be the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, the Subnado is manufactured by Waydoo. That Chinese company is currently best known for another type of watercraft, namely the electric foil board.

The Subnado features a 380-mm-long (14.9-in) cylindrical aluminum body that measures 60 mm wide (2.4 in) for the most part, widening to 70 mm (2.8 in) at the propeller guard. It's said to tip the scales at just 1.4 kg (3 lb).

Its 500W electric motor provides up to 6.5 kg (14 lb) of thrust, allowing a 65-kg (143-lb) user to travel at a maximum speed of 1.4 meters (4.6 ft) per second. One USB charge of its airline-approved 98-Wh lithium-ion battery should be good for up to 56 minutes of use. That battery can also be utilized to charge other devices, such as smartphones or actioncams.

The Subnado can be taken to a maximum depth of 60 m (197 ft)
The Subnado can be taken to a maximum depth of 60 m (197 ft)

The Subnado is attached to the user's forearm via a strap-on quick-release mount, and is controlled via a hard-wired remote which is worn around the index finger and operated by the thumb. An expansion ring can be screwed onto the front of the scooter, providing mounting points for cameras, lights or other accessories.

Additionally, if buyers fork out for two Subnadoes, they can mount one on each arm for a top speed of 2 m/s (6.6 ft/s). It's likewise possible to mount the device on the underside of a watercraft such as a stand-up paddle board, where it will serve as an electric-assist motor. Whatever it's being used for, the Subnado has a maximum operating depth of 60 m (197 ft).

The Kickstarter campaign should begin in the next several weeks, with pricing starting at US$299. Prospective backers can register for updates via the product webpage.

The Subnado can be seen in action, in the video below.

Waydoo Subnado - World's Smallest Portable Underwater Scooter

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5 comments
5 comments
vince
Mount 2 on each leg and 1 on each arm 6 of.them should be zoom zoom
EH
I guessed it looked like it was worth $300, scrolled down to find the actual outrageous price ... it's $299 ... weird feeling, like - if you can't count on gadgets being way too much money, what can you count on? Yet, also: woo-hoo! I nailed it!
TH3N0RTHSID3
All I can think of is attaching one to each arm and leg and blasting off through the water. Looks fun!
Trylon
Closest you'll ever get to feeling like Superman, "flying" through a medium with your arm in front of you.
PAV
Is the a tether just in case?