Underwater Drone Demos at Maritime Heritage Center
Sat, 07 Oct 2017 05:31:22 EDT
Friday afternoon (October 6th), representatives from Fathom Drone tested out their underwater drone system in the dive tank at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center (500 West Fletcher Street).
The drone is called the "Fathom One", marketed as the "world's smallest underwater drone" and can be controlled by a smart phone or tablet through an application for iOS or Android called "Fathom". It has a built-in 1080p camera, can dive down to 150 feet and is capable of moving at speeds of up to three knots.
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Education and Outreach Coordinator Sarah Waters explained that the reason the drone was tested at the dive tank was to allow the Fathom Drone representatives to have a clear body of water to test the drone out in.
Fathom Drone Co-Founder John Boss mentioned that the Fathom One was created for the purpose of giving the average person the chance to explore underwater shipwrecks. Boss saying, "It's awesome, because we can give everyone that scuba-diving experience. You don't have to be certified, you don't have to have thousands of dollars, you can literally buy this thing, have a cell phone, drop it in the water and get the same experience."
Boss added the Fathom costs about eight hundred dollars ($799.00) if you pre-order it and around one thousand dollars ($999.00) after its release, which he noted should be within the next two to three months.
Those interested can check out the Fathom Drone website for more information or to pre-order (www.fathomdrone.com).
Photos: The Fathom One out of the water (Top) and in action (Bottom).