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85 GASPARILLA MAGAZINE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 The thruster configuration also makes the Fathom One incredibly easy to pilot. It’s intuitive, because it swims more like a fish than a robot. There’s also an integrated rail system on the bottom of the Fathom One that allows users to easily add accessories such as action cameras, additional lights or other sensors to customize the drone to fit their specific needs. Unlike aerial drones, the Fathom One can take advantage of the water column. Instead of constantly running four to six motors to stay suspended, the Fathom One simply floats in place, using only slight motor adjustments to maintain its heading and depth. According to the Fathom website, the idea for the Fathom One came about when co-founder Daniel Vessells heard stories about how his local lake contained horse-drawn carriages that fell through the ice in the winter when the town was a logging hotspot in the 1800s, but he had no way of finding out if the stories were true. He wasn’t scuba-certified and didn’t have the money for current drone systems. That’s when he reached out to his Fathom co-founders and engineers to help him bring his idea to life. Imagine the possibilities available to you as an underwater photographer and videographer with the Fathom One. You don’t even have to get wet to explore the depths now! “... it swims more like a fish than a robot”


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