blueye pioneer

blueye pioneer

I have always been super fascinated by the ocean.  I mean all aspects of it.  From boating, to enjoying it on a beach, to even watching underwater documentaries.  Any time there’s a new “planet earth” type documentary released, I immediately gobble it up. Well, when my schedule permits.  I am pretty busy these days.  Where am I going with this all too personal information?  I am also always fascinated by how these documentaries are created.  They must spend so much money just in the filming.  And sometimes it has to be very precise.  I recently watched a documentary where they discovered a new species that had never been seen before.  What are the chances of that? My point is, that you need the right equipment and lighting etc.

Which brings me to this – you can now buy an underwater drone for $3,000.  More specifically it bridges the gap between a professional grade remote operated vehicle (ROV) and remote control toys.  The professional ROV’s can cost anywhere between $5,000 – $10,000.  The $3,000 version is known as the Blueye Pioneer, and can dive up to 150 meters.  Which is much farther than a human SCUBA diver.  It comes with an HD camera designed to work in low light situations.  And it provides low-latency video streaming.

While I don’t think I would ever use one for my own underwater exploration, I’m extremely drawn to this concept. Why?  Because you can use your smartphone or a video game controller to control the device!

The CEO of the company made this statement: We wanted to make this technology available to many more people, we’ve been focusing on the design, the control system, and the camera. It’s like playing a video game. It’s very easy to use and the video streaming is in real-time, we have very low-latency.

blueye pioneer

The device itself weighs only 18 pounds, thus making it relatively easy to deploy. The reason I mention this is because of how many people needed for some of this under water equipment. Which is all fine and well if you’re going to go all out with a documentary. But if you’re doing it in a more “hobby” sense, this will do the trick.

The device is a drone, so I wonder if there are going to be any regulations put around where they can go? Which is what we’ve seen for air drones more recently. Or is this even as big of a concern as air drones? I am bringing this up merely because of the larger security issue that we are constantly talking about. So will this be a security issue?  Ultimately, I think this is really neat, but it could because of my love of the deep sea combined with technology.

By Staff Writer

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