This one’s a super fun, durable tool for all the aqua lovers. Kickstarter is hosting a product called Splash Drone, which basically is a waterproof drone with multi-utility features that makes you a ‘perfect videographer’ while on the beach or doing water sports.
Inventor Alex Rodriguez says that he always wanted to build a fully waterproof drone, packed with useful features and capable of landing and floating on water. The Splash Drone is designed for the outdoors and those who use a GoPro camera to capture their adventure on water or land.
It pairs with an Android smartphone, and can be remotely monitored. It also comes with a traditional remote control, if you don’t want to drain your smartphone’s battery life. It is packed with features like ‘return-to-take-off position’, which makes the drone go back to where it started at the press of a button.
The app also allows you to plan your mission, therefore routing your drone’s journey previously for ease in manoeuvring. It sends an alarm when the battery is low, and allows it to land safely before the battery dies. There is also something called as the payload release mechanism, which allows the drone to carry an object up to a certain weight, and then drop it ‘from the air whenever required. Lastly, it also has an emergency flare’ that lights up for fifteen minutes, during less light conditions. The flare will help users navigate their drone and land it safely.
“We always knew that we wanted to make a waterproof drone, but it needed to be practical and easy to fly for first time users. So with our combination of experience in both manufacturing and drone design, we started working on a concept. After tons of feedback and several iterations, the Splash Drone was born. Above all, the most difficult challenge was developing the waterproof gimbal. We started with a clear dome, but quickly realized that we needed a gimbal that could touch the water, uncovered,” Rodriguez said.
The drone flies at 25mph, and has an in-built GPS navigation system. It has a GoPro attachment system, to fit the camera. Rodriguez and team have pledged for $175,000, out of which they’ve already managed to get 129 backers who have pledged $115,167 in just four days after launch.