Underwater drones

  • ​If you've ever wanted to explore the underwater world using your own ROV (remotely-operated vehicle), there are now a number of consumer models in the works. The Sibiu Nano is one of the most recent to hit the scene, and it's being made with the do-it-yourselfer in mind.
  • ​There was a time when consumer underwater drones were rarely heard of, but there are now a fair number that are in various stages of production. One of the latest to ping our sonar is the 4K-shooting FiFish P3, from Chinese/Taiwanese company Qysea.
  • ​We've featured a fair number of underwater drones over the past few years, and they're pretty much all remotely-controlled by their shore-based users. Allec, however, is different. It CAN be piloted via remote control, but it can also perform its own autonomous missions.
  • ​Ready to connect with your inner James Cameron, without getting your feet wet? Already, we've seen crowdfunded underwater drones such as the Trident, Gladius and Blueye Pioneer. Now, there's yet another. YouCan's BlueWater 1 (BW1) has just hit Indiegogo.
  • ​While still not as plentiful as their aerial cousins, there are now several underwater drones that are either in development or production. And while almost all of the ones that we've seen so far can't go deeper than 100 m (328 ft), the new Blueye Pioneer can go down to 150 m (492 ft).
  • ​While there are already several underwater drones that allow you peek beneath the surface of your local waterways, they're pretty much all propeller-driven, and are controlled via a physical tether that reaches to the surface. BIKI, however, is a bit different.
  • ​If you're shopping around for an aerial drone, then you'll know that there are now lots of companies making them. What's perhaps a little more surprising, however, is the number of groups offering aquatic drones. Now another one has taken the plunge into the market, in the form of the Gladius.
  • For this year's CES, Beijing drone-builder PowerVision has taken the wraps off a submersible drone that uses sonar to detect fish, blue light to lure them in and a 4K camera to stream all the action back to the boat.
  • Another "underwater drone" has taken to the crowdfunding circuit, this time in the form of the CCROV. While it offers the same basic functionality as some other models, it does have at least one distinguishing feature – an integrated 4K camera that sends real-time video to its operator. ​
  • The Fathom One is designed to make amateur photography ​beneath the waves a bit more accessible, with a modular design and an HD camera for adventurers taking the plunge into underwater exploration.
  • ​​If you're fascinated by the underwater world, then you probably also think that ROVs are pretty neat. Given that their prices can start in the tens of thousands of dollars, though, you've likely never seriously considered buying one. Well, that could be about to change.
  • ​Many aerial drones now feature a Follow Me mode – that's where they can be instructed to autonomously fly along above you and shoot video as you ski, cycle, run or otherwise move about. However, what happens if you're a scuba diver? Well, in the near future, you might buy an iBubble.