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World’s First Autonomous Underwater Drone Set To Hit the Market In Summer 2018

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The world’s first wireless, autonomous diving drone camera – the iBubble – is planned to be released to consumers in July 2018.

The drone automatically follows and films divers on their underwater adventures, operating in silence, avoiding marine life and recording high definition footage while descending to 60m (200ft) at 2.2mph.

World’s First Autonomous Underwater Drone Set To Hit the Market In Summer 2018

Complete with two 1000 lumen lights – which automatically adjust their brightness – and an image stabilisation system, it offers one hour of battery life and includes features such as 360° selfies, manual mode, zoom functions and various filming modes.

It connects with divers via a wireless bracelet they wear while underwater, the bracelet being the key to controlling the iBubble, enabling them to call it toward them and select the filming mode.

The iBubble also works with most sports cameras and is compatible with the GoPro Hero.

World’s First Autonomous Underwater Drone Set To Hit the Market In Summer 2018

What if it’s out of battery? A pretty expensive gadget to lose to the ocean floor, right? The iBubble automatically resurfaces in case of an emergency (such as permanent signal loss) returning and ‘clipping’ onto the diver when out of battery.

For divers looking to scout out unknown locations from a boat, the drone includes a remote control option enabling you plug it in and watch live video feedback.

The iBubble pre-order price is $1,999 with the retail price being $2,599.

For the full spec, visit https://ibubble.camera/

Our gear content is sponsored by Mike’s Dive Store, the UK’s premier dive retailer. For all your diving needs visit them in-store or online for your diving, freediving, snorkelling and servicing.

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Lorna Dockerill
Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.

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