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Video: This Kickstarter Underwater Drone Can Plunge to Nearly 500 Feet

12 June 2018

Over the past few months, the market for underwater drones has exploded. Nemo was launched with the capability of diving to 100 meters with an ultra HD camera. And then the Navatics MITO was released with an adjustable tilt lock that enables 45 degrees of motion. Before these were released, OpenROV launched its Trident drone and many more have come on the market.

Now comes the Titan from startup Geneinno, which bills itself as the more affordable underwater drone with the highest water pressure rating. The Titan contains a 4K 30 fps camera and streamlined, game-like control system while being able to withstand depths of up to 492 feet.

The Titan is able to capture underwater images and videos to find fish or carry out technical inspections of underwater equipment with its 160-degree ultra-wide-angle lens. A smartphone app gives the user total control of the tethered underwater drone.

The drone is powered by six thrusters and guided by a precise steering algorithm for speed, endurance and agility needed to withstand deep dives and strong currents. Geneinno said the depth of 492 feet allows the Titan to reach farther than any other consumer underwater drone currently on the market.

Powered by polymer lithium-ion batteries, Titan can run for up to four hours while requiring only two hours to charge. This long of an operation makes the drone applicable for more than just consumer use but for aquaculture, salvage work, shipwreck exploration and industrial inspection.

Geneinno has started a Kickstarter campaign to generate funding for production and for word of mouth. The campaign has already met its goal, but you can still get in on the campaign specials by clicking here.

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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