Not every drone just flies and crashes. There are drones that can dive and explore the deep blue sea. Robosea, the Beijing-based company has developed Biki, the first bionic underwater drone that can swim autonomously and without a tether.
Robot that’s a fish
Described as a “robofish” by its developers, this aquatic explorer features a 4K camera and dives down as far as 196 feet into the sea. On a single charge, it can move at a leisurely 1.1 mph for up to 90 minutes. With the flapping fish tail that helps propel it through the water, Biki almost looks like a real fish.
Unlike other aquatic explorers, Biki is wireless, means it can give you the freedom of exploring while getting rid of concerns about potentially fatal conflicts with underwater obstacles. This underwater drone comes with an accompanying app, as well as a physical controller, which help you get control over it. Also, you don’t need to worry about losing it under the deep blue sea. When the charges drop to 20%, it will automatically head back to its base, thanks to its inbuilt GPS and an IMU (inertial measurement unit).
Enjoy the footage of the deep blue ocean
If you don’t want to dive alone, program your route and swim alongside. It can also be a good companion of children in the swimming pool to keep them safe. However, as it shakes a lot, you may wonder how the footage will look like. Robosea ensures that Biki comes with the wide 150-degree lens and built-in stabilization system, which means you’ll get smooth footage and enjoy it on your smartphone or tablet.
You can consider Biki as an underwater drone, a robot fish, a toy, a pet, or a companion, or anything you want. However, it’s something you can’t get in the store right now. It’s currently available on Kickstarter and you’ll have to make a $629 pledge to get one. Albeit it’s still a great deal of substantial saving on the $1,024 retail price, you’re highly recommended to check out the “risk and challenges” before you back the project.