Chasing Dory underwater drone
Chasing Dory. © Chasing.
Probably named after the lovable little fish in Finding Nemo, this little submarine drone is just 20cm wide and carries a F1.6 camera lens and a 1/2.9" CMOS sensor capable of recording at 1080p. It’s field of view is 100°, and a ±45° Tilt-Lock mode allows you to scan the floor of a body of water or view its surface above. The drone comes with a Wi-Fi buoy that has two functions: helping your mobile device stay connected up to 15 meters (49 feet) away with the wired tether, and ensuring that the drone can’t get lost in case of dead batteries or mechanical problems. The 4,800mAh battery charges in 2 hours and provides 1 hour of operating time. The drone is controlled through a mobile application (iOS and Android). Chasing Dory is a crowdfunded project on Kickstarter. At the time of writing, it had raised CAD169,826 out of CAD39,980. And since the guys Chasing Dory have already successfully netted the Gladius Mini underwater project, the risk seems slight.
⇨ DPReview, Scott Gilbertson, “CHASING DORY is a portable, affordable underwater drone with 1080p video.”