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Less than some good kayaks.

I wonder if it could tow a small float so your shore party could send you some light supplies.

Be fitted with a depth finder to go ahead of your boat to check for shoals.

If it could tow a small float it might be able to tow out a kedge anchor and drop it.

The uses are endless.

How many of us predicted that a smart phone would have thousands of apps.
No, I would imagine, like everything else electronic, it will get cheaper, and better, and easier to use.

I was in a local gas station last night, and they were selling the remote control helicopters for $30. Anybody remember what they sold for when they first came out?

Like I said, a fun toy, but I'll wait for the cheaper version.
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My daughter participated in a summer science camp called "Sea Perch," which essentially built a drone like the one in the video. All they were doing was manuevering it underwater through some hoops, then up down and around. They built the device during the week then spent the last day at my community college pool competing for accuracy and speed in manuevering. The devices didn't have cameras on them, but I bet they could be beefed up to accomplish a number of things the drone could do -- just not as deep in the water. And I can't imagine the kits costing more than $100, but I could be wrong.

My daughter won one of the door prizes -- her team's Sea Perch to take home. It was really cool watching the kids use their devices on the last day.
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No doubt Hobbyking is already working on a $250 clone of this....
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No doubt Hobbyking is already working on a $250 clone of this....
There will be a Chinese version at Harbor Freight for $99 next year.
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There will be a Chinese version at Harbor Freight for $99 next year.
These are actually not that hard to make. There is an international student competition every year

http://www.marinetech.org/rov-competition-2/

Still, not cheap to build.


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