Notilo Plus launches iBubble intelligent autonomous underwater drone

November 13, 2018  - By
The Notilo Plus team with the iBubble. (Photo: Notilo Plus)

The Notilo Plus team with the iBubble. (Photo: Notilo Plus)

Notilo Plus has launched iBubble, a fully wireless, autonomous and intelligent underwater drone. iBubble can accompany divers for up to an hour and down to 197 feet depth, acting as their personal cameraman and enabling superior underwater imaging.

Founded in 2016, Notilo Plus is a Marseille, France-based start-up created to develop intelligent underwater exploration technologies.

The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was designed using Notilo Plus’ patented underwater localization technology, enabling subaquatic adventures without tethers. It comes with an advanced artificial intelligence system, offering total autonomy and self-learning capabilities.

The localization technology is mainly based on acoustic signal transmission and image recognition (video tracking). By combining these technologies, iBubble is able to locate precisely its target underwater and thus shoot perfectly stable footage.

iBubble is equipped with an obstacle avoidance system, which allows it to smoothly follow a diver, while obtaining images of unparalleled quality for personal or commercial use, the company said. It features real-time image recognition, a stabilization system and direct surface control, bringing outstanding performance to underwater imaging.

The iBubble ROV is an environmentally conscious device — it does not disturb the fragile marine ecosystem thanks to its minimal noise emission levels and its obstacle-avoidance capability.

iBubble can be used for sports and entertainment filming, diving instruction, wildlife protection, search-and-rescue operations, naval or underwater infrastructure maintenance, and subsea patrolling.

“We are excited to introduce to the world the first fully wireless, autonomous underwater drone,” said Nicolas Gambini, CEO of Notilo Plus. “With the countless cutting-edge technologies brought by the iBubble, coupled with its ability to bring exceptional pictures and video footage, this is a remarkable and versatile device for any diving activity.”

The device is now available for order globally. The first batches of iBubble drones will be delivered to the customers, including the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign supporters, from mid-November 2018.