Advancements in underwater filming have allowed us to see the incredible world under the waves. But it’s very often a case of watching ocean documentaries from the other side of a TV screen. Rather than experiencing it up close. Now a technology company from Delaware, US, has developed an underwater drone that could get us closer to the action—and it doesn’t cost the earth.
BIKI is the world’s first bionic underwater drone. Though small, this intelligent robot fish is packed full of technology which allows the user to experience the underwater world from a completely new perspective.
Driven by its bionic caudal fin, BIKI swims through the water and is capable of capturing up to two hours of 1080p footage on its integrated 4K camera. Featuring video stabilisation technology, the camera is also fitted with a 150° wide-angle lens and two lumens lights which allows BIKI to explore and capture the darker depths of the ocean—up to 196ft (60 metres).
BIKI can be controlled via a waterproof remote control or a smart device. This means users can join the drone in the water or control it from the surface. With its clever GPS tracking system, it is capable of relaying real-time images in shallow water or of following a customised route at a preset depth. With this feature, BIKI is also capable of automatically returning to base if its battery is low or it’s losing signal.
It’s an incredibly clever drone that opens up new possibilities for those who want to experience water in a new way.
Buying a BIKI
Having developed the design since 2015, the team behind BIKI, RoboSea, recently launched a crowdfunding campaign in May this year to fund manufacturing costs. In a matter of days, the target was smashed and the campaign has since raised over $100,000 (£61,670) more than its target. While BIKI will retail at just over $1000 (£778), people willing to pledge to the campaign now can get their hands on it for just $599 (£466). Quite the saving.
To find out more head to BIKI’s crowdfunding campaign, which has just 50 days left.
Featured image of BIKI underwater. Photo: BIKI Facebook page