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davidpm 11-10-2013 11:01 AM

Underwater Drone
Looks like this would be a lot of fun to have on board especially if you have children.

I want one!!

Your personal $849 underwater 'drone' -

Minnesail 11-10-2013 12:31 PM

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Wow, I want one too!

$850 is a bit steep for a toy, but I bet we'll see cheaper ones soon.

courish 11-10-2013 12:42 PM

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That would make bottom inspection a whole lot easier!

Azzarac 11-10-2013 12:49 PM

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Sounds like a fun family winter project!

paulk 11-10-2013 12:53 PM

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Or you could have one trail a net to catch fish, or plug a noisy jetski's intake. Maybe have it tie a lobster pot to a competitor's rudder...
What will the NSA do with this one? Or have they already???

Minnewaska 11-11-2013 07:00 AM

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I'm betting you could make a few bucks doing bottom inspections with one. My first thought was how reliable its pressure hull is. One leak and it's toast.

Group9 11-11-2013 09:41 AM

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Looks like a fun toy, but that's a lot of dough for a toy.

BentSailor 11-11-2013 06:59 PM

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Drone "toys" are not cheap but they are a magnitude more affordable than the non-toy versions. I got in on the AR Drone "toy" bandwagon a bit early*. It's dropped to less than half price in that time whilst actually having been improved (higher quality video, better altitude sensors, longer range, etc). I expect that the "toy" will drop in price as well like the AR Drone, smart phones, and the like. I also expect the price will hit a floor at around ⅓ to the current price. There is only so much cheaper you can source the components & build something before you kill the qualities that make it desirable in the first place.

That said, I reckon I might look into one of these in the coming years. My wife has (mild) asthma & a fear of confined spaces, making diving an issue for her. It would be kind of cool to "have her along" when I go under. Though, if I wait too long, I'll lose my excuse it's "for the kids"... which was the excuse for my other drone :p

* Back in 2011, but seriously, as much as folks like to talk about it as a toy, it really isn't much different from "work" drones. Parrot sells it as a toy because that's how you get people to people buy it in numbers, but it's not huge step down from other entry model work drones in regards to design & functionality. You only need minor modifications make it very interesting for computer nerds such as myself ;)

davidpm 11-11-2013 08:21 PM

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Strap a fin to the top of it to clear out a beach that you want for yourself!!

davidpm 11-11-2013 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Group9 (Post 1117604)
Looks like a fun toy, but that's a lot of dough for a toy.

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.

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