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BW-Space allows anyone to capture amazing underwater photography with BW-Space's auto-adjust lighting, auto-piloting modes, and 4K camera.
BW-Space allows anyone to capture amazing underwater photography with BW-Space's auto-adjust lighting, auto-piloting modes, and 4K camera.
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BW-Space: Underwater Drone with Auto-Follow & Auto-Lighting

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The Smartest and Most Affordable Submersible Drone with 4K/UHD Camera for Underwater Exploration.

Over 80% of our oceans are unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored with much to learn from exploring the mysteries of the deep.
Over 80% of our oceans are unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored with much to learn from exploring the mysteries of the deep.

BW-Space is the first personal Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) kit with auto-piloting and auto-adjust lighting technologies that makes it simple for anyone to explore or capture amazing underwater photos and videos like the professionals.

Easily capture UHD photos or 4K video with any tablet or smartphone you already own.
Easily capture UHD photos or 4K video with any tablet or smartphone you already own.

BW-Space's manual or autonomous piloting controls, automatic LED lighting adjustments, and superior power is designed to be affordable for both hobby and/or commercial uses.  

We've perfect our second generation drone by adding smarter features typically found on aerial quadcopters.

Our Youcan Robot engineers pride themselves in creating a user-first, design centric product, and re-thinking UUV drone technology for both beginner and professional.

"Best Robotic Startup" CES 2018 Award Winner
"Best Robotic Startup" CES 2018 Award Winner

Our award winning BW-Space underwater drone leverages the knowledge our engineers learned manufacturing and piloting our first generation BW-1 drone in 2016. 

Underwater Videography on BW-Space  

Capture stunning underwater photos in ultra high definition and videos in 4K with BW Space's waterproof diving camera.

* Video quality dependent upon connection speed 

  * Video quality dependent upon connection speed

Get your BW-Space now starting at just $149
Get your BW-Space now starting at just $149

Autonomous smart modes, ultra high definition waterproof camera, and easy to use design features are impressive for all skill levels.

Each BW-Space ROV comes with wifi repeater, tethering cable, and free carrying case with professional remote optional.
Each BW-Space ROV comes with wifi repeater, tethering cable, and free carrying case with professional remote optional.

Whether a scuba instructor filming vacation videos, fisherman finding new spots, commercial diver scouting a job, oceanographer filming sea life, or simply a gadget enthusiast looking for a fun new hobby, the BW-Space submersible drone was designed with features for everyone to explore. 

Autonomous Underwater Drone Technologies:

Underwater Photography Features:

Underwater Rover Features:

Get your BW-Space now starting at just $149
Get your BW-Space now starting at just $149

BW-Space is the first underwater drone with smart imaging, tracking, and lighting technologies for effortless piloting and videography.

As a thank you, each Kickstarter Backer will receive a FREE BW-Space waterproof roller/backpack custom carrying case.
As a thank you, each Kickstarter Backer will receive a FREE BW-Space waterproof roller/backpack custom carrying case.

By integrating smarter and more autonomous technology with underwater robotics, Youcan Robot opens the door to nearly anyone to photograph, research, or explore the world's oceans or lakes. 

Underwater Image Recognition & Smart Diver Tracking Mode

The BW-Space underwater camera uses artificial intelligence to first discover, then lock its targeting onto, and then automatically follow anyone in the water.

BW-Space underwater drone goes autonomous to track divers and produce much smoother video than manual piloting.
BW-Space underwater drone goes autonomous to track divers and produce much smoother video than manual piloting.

BW-Space's intelligent tracking mode navigates using algorithms that are much smoother than manual drone piloting, allowing for better camera stabilization as it traverses underwater while allowing the pilot more time to focus capturing their underwater videos.

BW Space underwater drone goes autonomous to track divers.
BW Space underwater drone goes autonomous to track divers.

When the Intelligent Tracking Mode is enabled, BW-Space's underwater camera uses cutting-edge image recognition technology to identify any person, snorkeler, and/or diver in view. Once enabled, simply point the underwater camera at your target within a distance 0.5 to 7 meters away and a yellow frame will appear on your target indicating that its algorithms have recognized a target to track.  

Once initiated, Intelligent Tracking Mode will automatically follow that person throughout the water wherever they go without any user piloting control required.

Intelligent Auto-Adjusting Underwater LED Lighting

The BW-Space underwater lighting sensors solve the problem most beginners have with too much, too little, or erratic lighting as your drone films at different depths.

With underwater lighting that auto-adjusts, BW-Space removes the complexities of manually adjusting for the best quality underwater drone photography.
With underwater lighting that auto-adjusts, BW-Space removes the complexities of manually adjusting for the best quality underwater drone photography.

When the 'Smart Auto-Adjust Lighting Mode' is enabled, BW-Space's powerful Dual LED Lights automatically adjust anywhere from 0 to 1,380 Lumens to maintain optimal lighting. 

For example, as the submarine ascends or descends the underwater drone lights will automatically adjust to maintain consistent lighting using its recommended or your custom selected brightness levels:

  •  Descends/Increases — Automatically increase LED light brightness as natural sunlight decreases as you go deeper.
  •  Ascends/Decreases — Automatically decrease LED light brightness as natural sunlight increases as you come to the surface.

 *Demo in Tech Specs section below

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL SMART MODE TESTING & DEMOS
CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL SMART MODE TESTING & DEMOS

It's easy to capture UHD photos or 4K video with BW Space's waterproof diving camera and underwater drone photography app.

BW-Space is compatible with most iOS and Android smartphones or tablets you currently own.
BW-Space is compatible with most iOS and Android smartphones or tablets you currently own.

Even without the smart tracking autonomy and intelligent auto-adjust lighting, BW-Space's underwater cinematography is impressive with its superior image quality and included photography app. 

Ultra-HD 4K Quaility Waterproof Diving Camera

BW Space is your new underwater photographer and videographer for capturing professional UHD photo and 4K video or live-streaming to the web.

BW-Space's waterproof diving camera captures amazing Ultra-HD photos and 4K videos.
BW-Space's waterproof diving camera captures amazing Ultra-HD photos and 4K videos.

BW-Space integrates a high-performance professional quality underwater camera capable of recording 4K HD video (3840×2160 pixels) at 30fps and capturing photos at 12,000,000 pixels in Ultra HD that are stored internally to its 128 gigabyte memory card and streamed directly to your smart device.

For the professional underwater videographer, BW-Space offers complete camera setting customization and integrates a 1/2.5-inch CMOS digital image sensor that produces extraordinarily clear, sharp digital pictures, while also allowing you to capture both video, single shot photo, and/or continuous shot photo bursts.

Underwater Camera Photo/Video App

BW-Space's underwater submarine rover instantly transmits live-streaming video signals to your smartphone/tablet app from depths up too 100 meters using its WiFi repeater  and connected tether.

BW-Space live streams in first person view directly to your smartphone, tablet, or even online.
BW-Space live streams in first person view directly to your smartphone, tablet, or even online.

The YoucanDive iOS or Android app powers both the underwater drones live-streaming camera for navigation and the 4k/UHD camera settings on its waterproof diving camera.

Live Streaming Underwater Drone HD Video

From the BW-Space remotely operated vehicle (ROV) iOS or Android app you are able to view real-time video from your drone to control submarine navigation, preview custom photo/video image settings, and/or send 1080P HD (1920x1080 pixels) live-streaming video directly to any number of platform on the web for everyone to see what your drone sees underwater in real-time. 

Customize & Share Your Underwater Photography

In addition to customizing photo/video recording quality and camera image settings (ISO, Exposure, White Balance, EV, etc), the BW-Space Drone Camera App allows you to export instantly to your phone/tablet with the push of a button and/or wirelessly to your computer via Youcan Assistant Video Export Software with ease.

No matter if you prefer to navigate your BW-Space by remotely operated vehicle (ROV) drone controller or by iOS/Android device touchscreen display, capturing custom photo/video is effortless.

Get your BW-Space now starting at just $149
Get your BW-Space now starting at just $149

BW-Space's underwater robot has enough power and control to conquer the most demanding of commercial dives, yet designed for everyone.

BW-Space was design to be rugged, portable, and powerful for all day piloting in all conditions.
BW-Space was design to be rugged, portable, and powerful for all day piloting in all conditions.

With longer range, extended battery, and deeper depths, BW-Space can tackle a long day filming vacation dive videos or support an industrial dive crew to limit their workloads.

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Performance

Youcan Robots engineers designed our second generation underwater robotics hardware for longer battery life, further range, and better communications of any other drone.

BW-Space's thrusters, communications interface, wifi repeater, streamlined design, waterproof casing, and electronics technology are phenomenal, allowing its submersible drone rover to efficiently outperform others:

  •  Top Speed — 2 meters/second (4kts) from 3 powerful submarine thrusters.
  •  Diving Depth — 100 meters (328ft) with unique water sealing technology.
  •  Operating Time — 7 hours of shooting from 13,600mAh high-capacity battery.
  •  Max Thrust — 4.6kg forward and 3.0kg reverse propeller power.

Submarine Piloting by App Display or Remote Control

Your BW-Space remotely operated vehicle has two unique ways to control with your touch screen display or its professional drone remote control.

BW-Space's optional ROV controller allows for advanced piloting and fits snug around most smartphones or tablets.
BW-Space's optional ROV controller allows for advanced piloting and fits snug around most smartphones or tablets.

BW-Space gives you options on how you pilot its submersible using autonomous underwater tracking, simple tablet/smartphone display controls, and using its professional ROV controller.

Touchscreen Smartphone or Tablet Display Drone Controls

Designed to be easy to use and quick to get started, you can control the BW-Space submarine using any iOS or Android tablet or smartphone for quick dives by simply pressing the on screen controls via the YoucanDive App.

Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Controller Drone Controls

For  more advanced UUV pilots, BW-Space has an optional professional remote control  with advance features designed for better piloting and underwater cinematography.

Autonomous Tracking

Upon selecting your preferred piloting option above, switch BW-Space into its smart tracking mode to discover and track people or divers. 

Wifi Repeater & Drone Tethering

Unlike aerial quadcopters, all underwater ROV's face the challenge of transmitting signals from their robotic underwater submarines to its above water remotely operated controllers.

BW-Space can operate at up to 100m deep and at distance of 150m based on your tether selection.
BW-Space can operate at up to 100m deep and at distance of 150m based on your tether selection.

Behind the scenes, video and navigation transmissions between the underwater robot and your smart device are rather complex but our engineers created an affordable method that makes it rather simple for the drone user.

An affordable and simplistic solution to a difficult and challenging problem:

In the rare instance you lose connection, battery dies, or drone gets stuck, the tether also serves as an expensive, high-tech rope to easily pull the rover up to the water's surface.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL PERFORMANCE TESTING & DEMOS
CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL PERFORMANCE TESTING & DEMOS

To determine which BW-Space package is best for you, simply decide how you'd like to pilot and how much range you need.

Each of BW-Space's underwater drone kits include (1) BW-Space Rover, (1) Waterproof Carry Case, (1) WiFi Repeater, and (1) Battery Charger with the only kit variations being your preference on display only or remote control  piloting and three options for tether lengths.

 $659 — Basic BW-Space: 50m Tether (No Remote) 

Our basic BW-Space underwater drone kit is geared towards beginners or hobbyist looking for an easy and affordable drone without the need for advanced piloting controls.

Basic BW-Space Underwater Drone Kit Includes:

  • Savings of $990 off the $1,649 retail price + Priority early October delivery date + Touchscreen app only piloting controls + 50 meter drone tether for average range

$879 — Standard BW-Space: 50m Tether + ROV Controller

Our standard BW-Space underwater drone kit is comes with a professional remote control that attaches to your smartphone or tablet that allows for advanced piloting option

Standard BW-Space Underwater Drone Kit Includes:

  • Savings of $870 off the $1,749 retail price + Priority early October  delivery date+ Advanced piloting remote ROV controller + 50 meter drone tether for average range

$999 — Advanced BW-Space: 100m Tether + ROV Controller

Our advanced BW-Space underwater drone kit includes the professional remote control and offers double the range of the standard model by extending the tether length to 100 meters.

Advanced BW-Space Underwater Drone Kit Includes:

  • Savings of $850 off the $1,849 retail price Priority early October delivery date Advanced piloting remote ROV controller 100 meter drone tether for medium range

$1059 — Premium BW-Space: 150m Tether + ROV Controller

Our best underwater drone kit includes the professional remote and maximizes BW-Space's operating range with a 150 meter drone tether for the deepest dives.

Advanced BW-Space Underwater Drone Kit Includes:

  • Savings of $890 off the 1,949 retail price + Priority early October delivery date + Advanced piloting remote ROV controller + 150 meter drone tether for maximum range

Add On Instructions:

We're excited to offer additional tethers during our Kickstarter campaign. The available sizes include:

To add one the above options to your pledge, follow these steps:

  • Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' button above. If you have not pledged yet, it will say 'Back this Project'.
  • Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total of the add-ons you want to add.
  • After the end of the Kickstarter Campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.

BW-Space UUV Drone Technical Specifications

  •  Drone Design: Dimensions: 20x15x5in / 52x39x14cm  — Weight: 4.2KG / 9.3lb — Thruster Config: 2 Horizontal + 1 Vertical
  •  Underwater Camera:  Sensor: 1/2.5 CMOS — Effective Pixels: 12MP — Storage: 128 Gigabyte SD Card  
  •  Underwater Lights: Smart Modes: Auto-Adjusting — Configuration: 2 LED Lights 
  •  Rover Battery: Rated Capacity: 6800mAh × 2 / 73.44 wh × 2 — Battery Life: 3-7 hours
  •  YoucanDive App: iOS Requires: iOS 10.3+ — Android Requires: 4.4.0+ — PC: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari 
Underwater Drone Hardware, Software, and Electronics Specifications
Underwater Drone Hardware, Software, and Electronics Specifications

Check out BW-Space's timeline for October delivery, initial underwater drone prototype beta tests, and more.

Easily launch BW-Space from the beach, boat, or dock with ease.
Easily launch BW-Space from the beach, boat, or dock with ease.

Check out our latest Kickstarter updates:

Kickstarter Update #1 - How Its Made:

Kickstarter Update #2 - Technical Specifications:

Kickstarter Update #3 -  Testing & Prototyping:

Youcan Robot has been developing its second generation underwater drone for 2.5+ years and is ready to deliver!

As a thank you, each Kickstarter Backer will receive a FREE BW-Space waterproof roller/backpack custom carrying case.
As a thank you, each Kickstarter Backer will receive a FREE BW-Space waterproof roller/backpack custom carrying case.

October delivery is right around the corner... Check out a tour of our factory to see our engineers at work and order your drone today to save $990 off its October retail price.

Summarized Production & Kickstarter Delivery Schedule:

  •  ☑ Review & Factory Engagement — Completed  
  •   ☑  Design Blueprints & Prototyping — Completed  
  •   ☑  Tooling, FA Inspection & Testing — Completed  
  •   ☑  Shipping Package Development — Completed 
  •   ☑  Pilot Production & Quality Inspection — Completed 
  •  ☐  Mass Production & Backer Delivery — Scheduled to start September 2018. 
Click here to see our manufacturing timeline for October delivery.
Click here to see our manufacturing timeline for October delivery.

Founded in 2016, Youcan Robot is an integrated company in the world of world-class underwater robot products and underwater video content platforms.

Youcan Robot's Founder, CEO, and CMO accept the Analyst's Choice Award from Global Sources.
Youcan Robot's Founder, CEO, and CMO accept the Analyst's Choice Award from Global Sources.

Our team of engineer launched the first underwater UAV BW1 in 2016 and in 2017, then developed the world's first mass-produced consumer-grade underwater robot —Blue Water One.

Behind the Scenes at the Youcan Robot Factory 

Click Here to see all of our prototype testing on both drones
Click Here to see all of our prototype testing on both drones

Meet the Team & See Them in Action

Our team of engineers have been working hard pushing the boundaries of underwater technology to empower everyone to create their own exploration at an affordable price.

Get your BW-Space now starting at just $149
Get your BW-Space now starting at just $149

 Youcan Robot Team Bios

Snow Lee — Founder & CEO - Graduated from East China University of Science and Technology, master of control engineering, has extensive experience in video information processing technology worked in the domestic well-known semiconductor company. 20 years experience in R&D and manufacturing.

Zhixiang  Xu — Co founder & Chief Consultant Scientist - The former Shanghai University Professor, a former researcher at the Robotics Research University of Pittsburgh, former executive director of the Shanghai Institute of image and graphics.Extensive robotics resources and familiarity with robotics.

Zander Hu — Co founder & CTO  -  As a senior engineer with more than ten years of experience of R&D and management, was responsible for development and promotion of multimedia products in Shanghai Best Electric Co., Ltd.. Having obtained a number of invention patents, he established a design standard of multimedia product system, and undertaken research and development of the company's major leading-edge project to achieve its technology transformation. He successfully cooperated with HITACHI, TOSHIBA, KONE and other multinational companies to help the company significantly increase sales of multimedia products. 

Jenny Pan — Co founder & CMO  - With extensive experience in marketing, committed to developing cutting-edge applications for underwater robots.Responsible for the development of domestic and international market strategies, channel development, etc.

Yankan — Co-founder & GM of JP Company -  Graduated from Chuo University in Japan, he has worked for ICT companies, international trade and logistics companies. With more than 8 years of consulting and marketing experience, he is committed to serving customers in Japan and overseas, and offering best overseas after-sales service. As aGM, he will promote our products to the international market and take the lead in opening up overseas markets. 

Lauren Ye — Algorithm Engineer 

 Ivy Liu  — Marketing Specialist 

Risks and challenges

Consumer level underwater robots are still emerging industries. This is our second crowdfunding campaign. Based on the first campaign ,We have accumulated processing and production experience, but still face some minor challenges.

Large Quantities — There are about 20 suppliers of components for manufacturing a underwater robot. As it is a new product, insufficient supply of spare parts may happen if large quantity of orders appeared. But don’t worry about the capacity of production, we have reached cooperation with the international company with more than 30 years of electrical production and export-oriented experience, they will open up independent production line for our mass production.

The Applicability Of The Software — Though the fact that our Android and IOS APP software applications have been developed, our products have not yet entered the market on a large scale ,thus lacking a large amount of user feedback. We may still have some imperfect performance in practical use. But our engineers work hard to optimize and upgrade software performance continuously, hoping to give users the best use and sensory experience.

Video Transmission — Due to the limitations of wireless networks, we are currently unable to transfer 4K resolution (3840 × 2160) video instantly and smoothly, but we can support 4K video recording. In addition, since water is a special medium, the complex environment of the water will affect the efficiency of radio wave transmission. As the machine moves, the signal propagation path also changes. As a result, the stability of the signal transmission is affected to some extent.

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    Limited Time Offer: Save $990 or 60% off the October retail price of $1,649 and receive free shipping to the United States, China, or Japan. Offer ends Friday August the 10th.

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    Our standard BW-Space underwater drone kit is comes with a professional remote control that attaches to your smartphone or tablet that allows for advanced piloting option.

    Limited Time Offer: Save $870 or 50% off the October retail price of $1,749 and receive free shipping to the United States, China, or Japan.

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    Advanced BW-Space: 100m Tether + Control

    Our advanced BW-Space underwater drone kit includes the professional remote control and offers double the range of the standard model by extending the tether length to 100 meters.

    Limited Time Offer: Save $850 or 45% off the October retail price of $1,849 and receive free shipping to the United States, China, or Japan.

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    Premium BW-Space: 150m Tether + Control

    Our best underwater drone kit includes the professional remote and maximizes BW-Space's operating range with a 150 meter drone tether for the deepest dives.

    Limited Time Offer: Save $890 or 46% off the October retail price of $1,949 and receive free shipping to the United States, China, or Japan.

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