$1,199 OpenROV’s Trident is an open-source submersible that can be piloted using a virtual-reality headset or a laptop, allowing you a full range of control up to 328 feet below the surface. The drone offers two hours of what the company calls “flight time.” It also comes with a tether, so you can survey the deep ocean a la James Cameron without worrying about losing your precious explorer. Brian Klutch
We’re calling it: We live in a golden age of remote-controlled gadgets. Technological leaps in sensors, batteries, processors, and motors. Of all the vehicles you can operate from a distance, here are six of the best—by air, by sea, and by land.
This article was originally published in the March/April 2016 issue of Popular Science, under the title “6 Ways to Play Without Getting Your Hands Dirty.”