VIDEO: Hydromea 'Cuts the Cord' with New Compact Underwater Drone with Live HD Video Feed

Marine Technology Reporter
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

As technology development continues at pace in the subsea space, a young innovative group out of Switzerland—Hydromea—unveiled the prototype of what it is calling the "world’s first" wireless underwater drone in a pool demo on May 11, 2021. 

According to the company, the drone can fit into a backpack, can be remotely controlled, and sends HD video back in real time without any physical connection to the pilot, helping to deliver significant benefits in a number of inspection scenarios in confined flooded spaces, such as hydropower dams, closed waterways and ballast tanks on ships, reducing the cost and time-to-results, eliminating safety risks of dangerous inspections performed by humans today.

“Our underwater drone works without a cable and sends full HD video stream back in real time," said Igor Martin, co-founder and CEO of Hydromea, effectively mitigating the risk of getting stuck in complex flooded spaces, completing its mission sans tethers, instead using a wireless optical system.

“Since radio signals do not travel under water, Hydromea had to develop a new technology to control the drone: a wireless optical system which uses light to transmit high-bandwidth data," said Felix Schill, co-founder and CTO of Hydromea. "With our unique technology that is robust and miniaturized, we can finally cut the cord and unleash the freedom of portable robotics underwater.”




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