Underwater drones – the latest superyacht toy?
A closer look at the newest addition to the drone family and its potential appeal to superyachts…
Drones have become common pieces of equipment found on board superyachts, increasingly used by owners and guests as the device of choice for recording the superyacht experience from above and can even act as a useful tool for crew to scout out bays and anchorages. The newest addition to the drone family – the underwater drone – has the potential to be the latest desirable toy on every superyacht’s wish list.
Fully equipped with camera equipment, underwater drones allow users to descend underwater and record everything in sight. The concept has taken off with the scuba diving community and, with many superyachts offering diving operations and other submersible equipment, such as Seabobs, on board, guests may be keen to have such a device available.
A few different options for underwater drones are available on the market already, however, prices remain predictably high. One of the most advanced products currently on the market is the iBubble underwater drone, which at the time of writing is only available to pre-order.
The iBubble is hands-free and entirely autonomous, which means it follows users around underwater, capturing unique and high-quality footage without any interference necessary. The user wears a bracelet so that the iBubble knows who to follow. The bracelet can also be used to call the drone if the user needs to use it as a camera, or if it needs retrieving. It can move up to 25m away from the operators.
The manufacturers claim to having made the first intelligent, user-friendly and completely autonomous diving drone, which gives unprecedented possibilities to create underwater movies with a high-quality sports camera.
Something tells us this new gadget will be seen on superyachts soon!