French company Notilo Plus, a developer of intelligent, autonomous underwater systems, has announced the global commercial launch of iBubble, a wireless, autonomous and intelligent underwater drone. iBubble can accompany divers for up to an hour and up to 197ft depth, acting as their personal cameraman, enabling superior underwater imaging.
This remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was designed using Notilo Plus’ patented underwater localization technology, enabling subaquatic adventures without tethers. It comes with an advanced AI system, offering total autonomy and self-learning capabilities. iBubble is equipped with a obstacle avoidance system, which allows it to smoothly follow a diver, while obtaining quality images for personal or commercial use. It features real-time image recognition, a stabilisation system as well as direct surface control, bringing high performance to underwater imaging.
The iBubble ROV is an environmentally conscious device. It does not disturb the fragile marine ecosystem thanks to its minimal noise emission levels and its special obstacle avoidance capability. iBubble can be used for sports and entertainment filming, diving instruction, wildlife protection, search and rescue operations, naval or underwater infrastructure maintenance and subsea patrolling.
“We are excited to introduce to the world the first fully wireless, autonomous underwater drone,” said Nicolas Gambini, CEO of Notilo Plus. “With the countless cutting edge technologies brought by the iBubble, coupled with its ability to bring exceptional pictures and video footage, this is a remarkable and versatile device for any diving activity.”
The first batches of iBubble drones will be delivered to the first customers, including the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign supporters, from mid-November 2018.
The device is now available for order globally. New customers can make a 30% deposit payment for the next shipment, scheduled for January 2019.