The intelligent flying egg was not without its flaws but the Chinese manufacturer, POWERVISION, which gained traction thanks to its PowerEgg, is now amping up its focus on water submersible drones.PowerDolphin was introduced by the manufacturer at this year’s CES held in Las Vegas. The lifestyle robot has been designed to photograph underwater sport and to assist in fishing. The manufacturer is quite optimistic about the scientists using the PowerDolphin to explore life underwater. Boasting a 220-degree dual joint rotation 4K UHD camera, the robot transmits captured images in real-time via ultra-long-range wireless 1080p image transmission technology to a handheld mobile device.
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But the manufacturer is really putting its weight behind the smart fishing functions that have been integrated into this underwater robot. PowerVision claims that the external mounting gear of the drone has the ability to find and lure fish in; thereby enabling the operator to tow hooks and lure fish to their desired location. The fish finder feature assists the controller in finding fish as it has the ability to detect fish in real-time within a control range of 131 feet underwater. The robot is loaded with a smart sonar device and GPS waypoint function and can sketch underwater topographic maps.
The PowerDolphin will be available in three different bundles with various functionalities including the Standard, Explorer, and Wizard models. The manufacturer hopes that shipping will commence no later than the end of this year 2019. The manufacturer has a fleet of water submersible drones including PowerRay and PowerSeeker.
PowerRay of PowerVision
The PowerRay was introduced in 2017 on a model similar to an aerial drone as the operator used a remote control transmitter to maneuver the device with the left stick controlling the depth of the drone in the water and the right stick controlling the machine’s direction. A real-time video of what is being viewed by the drone is transmitted to the operator’s handheld mobile device via an application.
The camera settings can also be configured through the app. The drone can attain depths of about 100 feet and detects obstacles to about 130 meters beneath the robot; thereby enabling operators to detect objects up to approximately 230 feet below the surface of the water. A cord is attached to the drone which prevents the machine from swimming away in case of a malfunction. Founded in 2009 in China, PowerVision has another office in San Mateo and boasts more than 500 employees worldwide. PowerVision was not the only manufacturer to have come up with underwater drones this year at the CES. MITO drone was introduced by Navatics, a Hong Kong based developer, which is claimed to enhanced stabilization features for recording videos underwater thanks to the active stabilization algorithm developed by the company.
The MITO drone is expected to be shipped in March. Sublue is another underwater robotics specialist which came up with its Nano drone that has an inbuilt propeller-motor system and underwater balance control system to ensure accurate maneuvering of machines underwater.