Up until now, little progress has been made in terms of underwater photography. If it is possible to obtain good quality images underwater, it is also important to remember that this type of technology is still not accessible to many people due to its high cost. But with a new drone that is absolutely blowing up on Kickstarter – reaching more than 10 times it’s $50,000 goal – it seems that this is about to change.
The OpenROV Trident is nothing more than a waterproof drone, which allows anyone to capture great quality images up to 25m underwater. Just throw it in the water and choose from pre-determined routes (like zigzag) or remotely control it. But more than just entertain amateur users, the small drone can also help in ocean exploration through photogrammetry.
Because radio waves do not propagate in water, Trident uses a neutrally buoyant tether to communicate to a towable buoy on the surface which connects to the pilot via Wi-Fi signal. If you’re interested can already get yours through their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a not-so-friendly US$ 949. But even if you are willing to shell out that amount, you still have to wait til November 2016 to get your hands on drone.