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This Drone Likes to Get Wet

August 5, 2015

You'll never be afraid of flying over open water again.
Over on Kickstarter, a group of drone builders have launched a campaign to fund production of the Splash Drone, a waterproof quadcopter that’s relatively easy on the wallet. If you pledge $799 you’ll get a ready-to-fly package, which is $400 less than the expected retail price of $1,199. Plus, you’ll be splish-splashing with your drone before anyone else.

After several different prototypes, the folks at Splash Drone have completed the tooling and injection mold, and plan to ship out the first crop of these drones to Kickstarter backers in June or July.

For the money, the Splash Drone comes with some fun and useful features. Fly with a traditional remote control version, or use an Android device to chart a mission path or activate the drone’s autonomous “Follow Me” mode. The Splash Drone also has a payload release system that allows you to deliver water balloons or refreshments from boat to boat. And speaking of boats, if you happen to be stranded or sinking, you can use the Splash Drone’s emergency flare adapter to float a distress beacon in the sky where it’s easily seen.