There are countless of underwater drone taking 4K stills and videos underwater, but there’s one very special drone out in the market right this instance. Then what’s so unique about this drone? As most underwater drone are restricted by power supply cables, BIKI is actually the first wireless underwater drone and is also able to take 4K Ultra HD pictures and videos.
Robosea, a new start-up technology company, announced that it has successfully developed the world’s first no-wire operated underwater bionic robot fish and has expanded their ideas on Kickstarter. The drone can be controlled with a physical controller app on your mobile device.
It not only looks like a fish, it resembles their swimming posture too. Robosea implemented an advance bionics technology into BIKI that they previously invented and developed for their first underwater robot with dual reconfigurable tail fin. The unique design of BIKI makes it more efficient than many other UUVs in the market, as it minimizes 30% the volume and weight. It is also a smart drone, equipped with infrared positioning sector, allowing the drone to avoid obstacles automatically and adapt to various complex environments.
“BIKI can maneuver just about anywhere, and with the use of our trademarked exclusive Robosea Algorithm and set in IMU (inertial measurement unit), it can keep its balance in the water – allowing BIKI self-stabilization to provide smooth videos and sharp photos through its camera platform,” said Dr. Minglei Xiong, CEO of Robosea.
Pictures and video taken by BIKI can be shared via live transmission to your personal smartphone and social media as well as store them inside the built-in 32GB memory. BIKI is equipped with a built-in GPS module that allows the drone to automatically return to base or send real-time locations to your smartphone when it loses connection. It can also run for 90-120 minutes straight on a single charge and operate at depths of approximately 200 feet. Incredibly, it can also work under various temperatures from 32-157°F (0 to 70°C), corrosive offshore environments or under long term sunlight, as it applies the ABS crashworthiness and resistance-to-weathering. BIKI is also equipped with a pair of 144 lumens LED searchlight to explore the underwater world.
“You can also design your own routes for BIKI and, if transmission is somehow lost, it will automatically return to base – all the while sending its real-time location to your mobile device,” added Xiong. “In addition to 4K UHD video, BIKI also supports 16-megapixel photography at 30 fps that offers the best view from underwater – even when operating at high-speed motion or in darkness.”
You can watch their videos below or head on to their official website here to know more. You can also get an early-bird discount during their crowdfunding (shipping is expected to start in September 2017), so visit their Kickstarter page here.