Splashdrone Is A Waterproof Alternative To Screaming About A Drowned Quadcopter

If winter ever lets up, you can bring it to the beach

Splashdrone In Water

Splashdrone, screenshot via Kickstarter

Electronics and water usually don't mix. For many drones, falling into a pond or lake might spell certain doom, prompting their owners to take drastic measures such as diving into a canal to save a machine. But Splashdrone, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is made to be waterproof.

Boasting a 17-minute flight time and a top speed of 25mph, Splashdrone is a quadcopter with a watertight gasket and an injection-molded waterproof frame. Piloted by either remote control or smartphone app, it can carry a waterproof camera below its belly and film dramatic continuous shots from under the water and into the sky--like a Wes Anderson film, if he spent his time listening to Dick Dale and filming surfer videos.

And should your three-hour tour go unexpectedly long, Splashdrone has an adapter for an emergency flare. With this it can hopefully attract help before people start fighting over a conch or using glasses to start fires. The project has already raised over $10,000 of its $17,500 goal, and if crowdfunding is successful, they plan to begin shipments in June. Assuming summer ever happens this year, expect to see a few Splashdrones out on the beach.