BIKI The Underwater Fish Drone Review

 The BIKI Fish Drone is the “world’s first bionic unmanned underwater drone,” or so says the company making it, Robosea.

 It’s a neat idea, and looks great, but that’s only a fraction of what makes a decent product. That it’s on Kickstarter is another red flag (of caution, not diver down). Since it’s not out yet, here are the specs.

  BIKI is also the only underwater robot featuring automated balance, obstacle avoidance, and return to base. By supporting a 4K camera, BIKI presents you with the best view from underwater.

 BIKI, the smallest but strongest. Through this intelligent robot fish, you can visualize the underwater world from a completely new perspective. BIKI is not only an almighty underwater drone but also a robot pet full of emotions. Now, just tell BIKI what you want to do!

BIKI The Underwater Fish Drone

Obviously the biggest difference between BIKI and other underwater drones is its physical shape and design. It looks like a fish, flappy fin and everything.

 BIKI Fish can travel as fast as 1.12 mph. It can also go as deep 196 feet and keeps itself below the surface.

 BIKI has an ultra-silent operation as it produces just 55dB of sound. This helps to ensure any sea life remains undisturbed as you explore.

 Even during high-speed motion or in darkness, BIKI is capable of stabilizing the camera for smooth videos and sharp photos by using a HD movement camera and an anti-shake camera platform that is based on an eccentric pan & tilt head.

BIKI The Underwater Fish Drone
  As far as control goes, above the water it connects via WiFi to your phone or tablet. WiFi doesn’t penetrate water very far, so you can either program in a patrol route or use an underwater remote control that uses “acoustic communication technique” to work up to 33 feet. It doesn’t stream video or photos from under the water.
BIKI The Underwater Fish Drone Review
 Now, you may be wondering how the footage looks considering how Biki wobbles about as it swims along. Robosea promises the wide 150-degree lens and built-in stabilization system ensures smooth footage, and the clips on its Kickstarter page certainly appear to confirm this.

The robotic submersible, recently launched on Kickstarter by Beijing-based Robosea, can move at a leisurely 1.1 mph for up to 90 minutes on a single charge, while an flapping fish tail works to propel it through the water.
 You can control Biki via the accompanying app or with a physical controller, and if at any point the connection goes down between you and the robot, built-in GPS means it’ll automatically return to base.
 The team behind Biki is aiming to ship the device this August, with early bird backers able to snag one for $549, offering a substantial saving on the $1,024 retail price.
BIKI The Underwater Fish Drone
 As with all Kickstarter projects, it’s important to check out the “risks and challenges” at the bottom of the product page to help you determine its viability. Robosea says it’s currently working on improving the durability of Biki’s shell and waterproof capabilities, kind of important for a device like this.
 However, it says it’s already tested 30 prototypes and used feedback from more than 100 testers to improve the design. It’s also sailed through its $20,000 funding target, so it appears to be well on its way to becoming a reality.

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