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12-04-2013 10:02 AM
CanadianNorth
Re: Underwater Drone

Quote:
Originally Posted by Group9 View Post
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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11-16-2013 11:09 AM
Group9
Re: Underwater Drone

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sal Paradise View Post
Group9

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.
11-16-2013 08:15 AM
Sal Paradise
Re: Underwater Drone

Group9

No doubt Hobbyking is already working on a $250 clone of this....
11-15-2013 03:46 PM
arknoah
Re: Underwater Drone

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.
11-14-2013 11:35 AM
Group9
Re: Underwater Drone

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Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
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.
11-11-2013 08:27 PM
davidpm
Re: Underwater Drone

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Originally Posted by Group9 View Post
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.
11-11-2013 08:21 PM
davidpm
Re: Underwater Drone

Strap a fin to the top of it to clear out a beach that you want for yourself!!
11-11-2013 06:59 PM
BentSailor
Re: Underwater Drone

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 Ĺ 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

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* 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
11-11-2013 09:41 AM
Group9
Re: Underwater Drone

Looks like a fun toy, but that's a lot of dough for a toy.
11-11-2013 07:00 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Underwater Drone

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.
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