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Splash Drone a waterproof drone with live video feed, payload release mechanism, emergency flare system and camera stabilization gimbal
Urban Drones Splash Drone, a waterproof drone with live video feed, payload release mechanism, and follow me function.Ready out of the box.
Urban Drones Splash Drone, a waterproof drone with live video feed, payload release mechanism, and follow me function.Ready out of the box.
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Splash Drone a Waterproof Drone with Autonomous Features

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The Splash Drone is a fully waterproof quad copter, packed with useful features and capable of landing and floating on water. This drone is designed for the outdoor type who uses a GoPro camera to capture their adventure on water or land.

The Splash Drone comes in two flavors, traditional remote control or app based control to unlock its autonomous features.

Standard Remote Control Version: Allows you to fly in GPS assisted mode, attitude mode, or hover over one position to capture your action. It also has return to launch location and automatically lands at the flip of a switch.

App based Control: Your Android device allows you to use the Splash Drone's autonomous features with an app that lets your fly a mission on a set path of activate the Follow Me mode.

The Splash Drone's payload release mechanism is a blast! Drop water balloons or a bottle of water to your thirsty friends across the lake. It comes equipped with an emergency flare carrying system that can be used in real life situations.

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I have been working on drones since 2007, way before most people knew what they were. Back then I was a video producer at a TV station, but my obsession with drones lead me to a career change. Along the way I've met some incredible people. After forming a team of like-minded drone geeks, we've successfully made and brought to market our own On Screen Display (OSD), a Long Range System (LRS) and other drone accessories.

We always knew that we wanted to make a waterproof drone, but it needed to be practical and easy to fly for first time users. So with our combination of experience in both manufacturing and drone design, we started working on a concept. After tons of feedback and several iterations, the Splash Drone was born. Above all, the most difficult challenge was developing the waterproof gimbal. We started with a clear dome, but quickly realized that we needed a gimbal that could touch the water, uncovered.

After many iterations, tests and sleepless nights, we have completed the tooling, injection mold and design of all the major components.

The Splash Drone is designed for filming your aquatic adventures, without the fear of loosing your drone.

  • Fully integrated design
  • Internal 5.8ghz 600mw video transmitter
  • Self Tightening Carbon Fiber Props
  • Payload Release Mechanism
  • Emergency Flare Carrying System
  • Autonomous Flight Controller
  • Waterproof Gimbal

We have done the necessary work to make the Splash Drone reliable, easy and fun to film with. We have completed the injection mold, identified manufacturers that can supply the necessary part and built several prototypes that meet our quality standards.

At this point, all we need is your pledge to start manufacturing the Splash Drone. When we meet our goal, we will be able to make it available to everyone.

We are putting the future of the Splash Drone in your hands. Now it's up to you, to help make the Splash Drone a reality.

 Frame features

  • ABS thermoplastic polymer
  • 500mm size
  • External power switch
  • Landing gear
  • Top watertight gasket
  • Four screw hatch compartment

Motor / Electronics

  • Brushless 650kv motors (CE & RoHS)
  • 40amp ESCs
  • all in one Power Distribution Board

Propellers

  • Carbon Fiber Construction
  • 12 inch (1243)
  • Self Tightening

Video Transmitter

  • 5.8ghz 600mw - 32 channels
  • Integrated Cloverleaf antenna

We've been working on improving the current manufacturing process to make it faster and more efficient. We've already completed most of the prototyping and have done intensive testing of the mold and all the components. The injection mold took 3 months to complete and it's now ready for production.

We've tested several camera gimbal configurations and are working on testing the latest prototype in fresh and salt water. The major challenges were waterproofing the giro stabilization board and the signal cables. We used the same concept as the GoPro dive box and are now testing it for endurance.

 We use Open Source Hardware by 3DR.

 FAQ:

Can I control the Splash Drone with an iPhone or iPad?

Yes, the Splash Drone can be controlled with the iDroneLink.

Link to the iOS app Here

Risks and challenges

We have spent countless hours and many months designing the new frame and making improvements to the old injection mold. We’ve done everything possible to eliminate issues during manufacturing. We will always communicate with our community and be transparent about any issues that arise.

Ship date: We’ve added enough lead-time to account for possible unforeseen circumstances, to make sure that we are on schedule. We feel very confident that the delivery deadline will be met.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A big thank you! Every supporter at this level will be placed on the credits page of people that believed in the Splash Drone.

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    Thanks you for believing: You also get immortalized on the credit page and to thank you, we'll send you an awesome Splash Drone Pilot T-Shirt

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    Pledge $255 or more About $255

    Waterproof Camera Gimbal for the GoPro 3 and 4. Comes with the gimbal, camera case and back connector for live video output directly from the GoPro

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    Pledge $295 or more About $295

    Splash Drone Accessory Pack: Your commitment to the success of the Splash Drone is amazing! Your reward consists of 4 Splash Drone carbon fiber self tightening propellers, two Splash Drone batteries, and a 7 inch video receiver monitor.

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    Pledge $389 or more About $389

    THE DIY KIT. You get the Splash Drone frame, four motors, four ESCs, the power distribution board, landing gear and four self tightening props.

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    Pledge $799 or more About $799

    READY TO FLY EARLY BIRD: You've just put yourself at the top of the list to receive the Splash Drone before everyone else.

    Comes with everything you need to get in the air the moment you get it. Remote control, self tightening props, travel case, Camera Gimbal, Integrated video transmitter, payload release mechanism, emergency flare kit, battery, smart charger and manual.

    All this for only $799 instead of the $1199 planned for retail.

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    READY TO FLY:
    Comes with everything you need to get in the air the moment you get it. Remote control, self tightening props, travel case, Camera Gimbal, Integrated video transmitter, payload release mechanism, emergency flare kit, battery, smart charger and manual.

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    Pledge $1,099 or more About $1,099

    RTF Standard Version plus Accessory Pack. Comes with everything you need to get in the air the moment you get it. Remote control, self tightening props, travel case, Camera Gimbal, Integrated video transmitter, payload release mechanism, emergency flare kit, battery, smart charger and manual.

    PLUS
    4 extra Splash Drone carbon fiber self tightening propellers, two Splash Drone batteries, and a 7 inch video receiver monitor.

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    Pledge $1,299 or more About $1,299

    AUTONOMY LEVEL: UNLOCKED! Welcome to the Aquaman club! Your commitment to the Splash Drone success is invaluable!. At this support level you'll get a Splash Drone with full autonomous capabilities including Follow Me mode and mission planning right with your Android device.

    In total: Ready to Fly Splash Drone, Radio Control, Waterproof Gimbal, Payload Release Mechanism, Emergency Flare kit, 2 Batteries, Battery Charger and Travel Case

    App available in Google Play

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    Pledge $1,499 or more About $1,499

    AUTONOMY LEVEL - MONITOR -3 BATTERIES - 8 PROPS - GOPRO 3 WHITE EDITION
    Your commitment to the Splash Drone success is invaluable!. At this support level you have a Splash Drone with full autonomous capabilities including Follow Me mode and mission planning with your Android device.

    In total: Ready to Fly Splash Drone, Radio Control, Waterproof Gimbal, Gopro 3, Gopro Dive Case, Payload Release Mechanism, Emergency Flare kit, 2 Batteries, Battery Charger, 7 inch monitor and Travel Case

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    Pledge $1,999 or more About $1,999

    AUTONOMY LEVEL PLUS DRONE FLIGHT TRAINING LESSON!
    At this support level you'll receive a Splash Drone with everything included on the above reward, plus a day flying with us.

    Travel and accommodation not included.

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