Drones are built to fly in the air, right? Well, the Spry from SwellProUSA and Urban Drones can venture underwater like a submarine, float like a boat and take flight at more than 43mph (69kph).
Alex Rodriguez, CEO at Urban Drones, says it took the design team two years to create the device, which sells for about $1000 in hobby version, or $1600 for the professional fishermen model.
The Spry is billed as the first-ever waterproof drone that can briefly submerge like a submarine. It has a self-contained 4K camera that can capture video at 30 frames per second, pictures at 12 megapixels, and wirelessly transmit the video signal to a monitor embedded in its waterproof remote control. The waterproof remote control is another first-ever accomplishment in the drone industry.
“The Spry’s ability to submerge under water and fly in the air makes it the most versatile drone ever created,” says Rodriguez. “We’ve only seen this in science fiction movies, until now”.
The Spry is a combination of a fast racing quadcopter and a photography/videography drone.
“By merging these two abilities into a small and durable design, Spry will give users the ability to capture high-resolution video and pictures without compromising speed and agility. By turning off the GPS from the remote control, users are able to pilot Spry completely freestyle allowing them to fly at speeds of more than 43mhp while flipping and turning tight corners just like a racing drone.”
Rodriguez says the waterproof remote control has an integrated 4.3-inch monitor to view the Spry’s live video feed. This video feed can also be viewed by several video monitors and video goggles simultaneously, allowing the pilot to share his flying experience on the spot, without anyone having to crowd around the remote control.
“SwellPro has more experience designing waterproof drones than any other manufacturer in the world,” said Eric Hu, CEO at SwellPro China.