84 Our publisher Dusty Hopkins is always investigating new ideas in technology. Here is one of his favorites. Acompany called Fathom is ready to bring underwater exploration and education to the masses. For the price of $600, you can purchase the Fathom One. It’s easy to use, has a 1080 power camera onboard and includes built-in high-intensity LEDs. A WiFi buoy can be attached to locate the drone from above water that can transmit up to 100 feet away to any “smart” device. Just set up your Fathom, download the Android or iPhone app, place the device in the water and start seeing the wonders of the watery depths. The website explains, “The Fathom One has to use a tether because – quite frankly – wireless communication and video transmission through water (at least at the depths we’re going to) doesn’t exist yet. However, we see the tether as a huge benefit. If anything happens to your drone at depth, you can simply pull it up by the tether so you don’t lose your $600 investment.” Fathom executives say they have a patent-pending modular thruster attachment system that allows the user to remove all three thrusters from the drone’s body to make it a breeze to customize, upgrade or pack the drone. Spec sheet on the Fathom One Camera quality: 1080p Battery life: Up to an hour, depending on use Max depth: 150 ft Max forward speed: 1.5 m/s or 3 knots Built-in LED power: Dual 3W LEDs Fathom App: Drone can be fully controlled from the Fathom App; physical controller optional; can upload photos and video to social media from app. Sensor feedback: Drone can sense depth and heading The Fathom One was released on Kickstarter on August 30. Within two weeks they had exceeded their $150,000 with pledges of $165,000. For more information: youtube.com/watch?v=C0WJRI6FahIfathomdrone.com firstname.lastname@example.org Are you ready for your very own underwater drone? Of course, who isn’t?
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