The DiveBot is under production now and for those of you that still want one, they will be available for purchase through our website at http://www.f5robotics.com/rov.html on March 23rd, 2013.
DiveBot Deluxe Specs:
Size - 16″×14″×6″
Weight - 11 lbs
Depth rating – 500+ft
Tether – negative buoyant, Kevlar reinforced, 1000lb pull
Camera- SeaViewer SeaDrop 950, 700TV line HD with autofocus lens, scratchproof lens, integrated led lighting, waterproof to 1000ft
Thrusters- 3 × 4BL-O XStream 4" Thrusters by F5 Robotics
Thruster specs- open epoxy coated 1000Watt brushless outrunner, grease filled sealed bearings, 7 blade impeller, carbon-glass construction.
Screen-7" daylight viewable LCD screen
Power- 12V DC source above water
Control- Dual high-resolution joysticks
Controller-handheld unit, integrated screen and joysticks, IP67 waterproof, Composite video out for recording (optional DVR)
What We Need & What You Get
Why are we doing a crowd funding campain? To get everyone involved and make this possible. We have a lot put into development of aerial platforms and ROV's right now so for this project we want to get the community involved. It's not alot of money but reaching our goal will make the production of the DiveBot happen much sooner. Mold making and setup for commercializing a product is expensive and we're looking to the people that will buy and benifit from the DiveBot to help us make it happen now rather than later. Companies often spend considerable time preparing a product for production before they can even announce it. We know you don't want to wait, and neither do we.
Preordering now through the perks not only ensures you get one of the first units but you save money too with our low introductory price available ONLY during this campaign.
We need around $7500 to start full production of the DiveBot. With a couple ROV designs already available from us we certainly know what it takes to take a product from an idea to reality. We are funding all the marketing, packaging and R&D for the Divebot, and we looking for your help to come up with some of the production costs. We are lucky to already use many of these processes and do most of our machining and fabricating inhouse already. So we have lowered our costs considerably and this is what is left.
Breakdown of funding needed:
$2000 Mold setup and fabrication for body panels
$1000 Parts and Assembly of 2 test units to brutalize
$2250 Parts and Assembly of 3 demo units for presentation and press
$1250 Mold setup and circuit prototyping for Control System
$1000 Thruster molding, testing and production setup
We have some fantastic perks for all levels of contributing.
For smaller contributions we have:
-Thank you emails and letters
-Official Hats, T-Shirts, Mousepads and Mugs
For midlevel contributors we have:
-Name listed on website as a project supporter
-Name and/or Company listed on Website as Bronze, Silver or Gold Supporter
-Name and/or company listed on website with a logo or image and clickable link.
For Pre-order and Earlybird contributors:
-DIY preorder for a DiveBot Development Platform
-1 of the first 20 DiveBot combos arriving ready to use
-1 of the first 5 Divebot Deluxe Combos arriving ready to use
For Corporate Sponsors:
-Company logo and link on website as official Corporate Sponsor or Partner
-1"x2" decal of your company logo on the back of the first 100 Divebot units
-Company logo in the instructions and on the box for the DiveBot
-Mention in Social Media and Press Releases as corporate sponsor or partner
Even if we don't reach our goal, we will continue on with the project. The main goal is to get the community involved as we update production progress and give customers the opportunity to be a part of the project and get one of the first units out the door. The funds raised will allow us to get the production moving faster.
Who wants one?
We have had countless requests for an underwater ROV thats not thousands of dollars. This isn't always possible with extreme depths and high end sensor equipment as these things cost money to develop and manufactur to fithstand the pressures at those depths. But anyone needing an ROV in the 50 to 500ft range, quickly finds that parts and thrusters are not easy to find to build yourself. And that a ready to use ROV can't be found for under $1000 unless you build it yourself. Even then you're limited to rather shallow depths.
Our robot, the DiveBot, uses the same great waterproof thruster design as our larger more expensive versions. Allowing depths of up to 500ft. We also preprogram everything so it's ready to use when it arrives. It will come in three version, DIY, Basic and Deluxe. Tether is available in 50, 150 and up to 500ft lengths.
We have teamed up with SeaViewer, http://www.seaviewer.com , to be our exclusive camera supplier for not only the DiveBot but all our other platforms as well. The camera system will be a 700TV Line HD SeaDrop 950 camera with autofocus meaning it's video quality is good enough for even pro videographers. Some fo the great features our camera has that blows away the competition:
- SeaViewer exclusive patented lens -
- 67% stronger (rated to 1000' Depth), deeper recess, fluted for less water resistance
- Wide-angle lens, deepest recess in the industry to protect against accidents
- Exclusive Voltage Smoothing Circuitry (VSC) added for longest electronics life
- Heavy-duty, sturdy body for durability and negative buoyancy (rated to 1000 feet depth)
- Inert Gas-filled electronics compartment (prevents condensation in cold water)
- 850 Series (B&W) can see Infra-red light
950 Series (Color) provides quality COLOR images. Also can see Infra-red light
Sea-Serpent™ Marine Cable - preferred by Broadcasters for image quality at the surface
With a number of ROV designs under our belt and years of robotic design and fabricating experience, there's no one better to bring the world an affordable personal ROV than F5 Robotics.
My story:I've been involved in robotics for over 15 years. It's always and will always be a passion. My drive is to add value to peoples lives. Whether its building affordable EOD robots for soldiers or new prostetic research to give disabled people new mobility. I don't believe these technologies need to be as expensive as they are. Although justified in some some cases, there seems to lack a middle ground for robots. Often there is a high end, mass manufacturer $120,000 robot and a $100 hobby or toy robot that is much less capable. Why never anything inbetween?
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
- Let everyone you know about our project and spread the word. The more people that know, the better. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are just a few ways to share the story.
- Don't forget you can use Indiegogo share tools!
Thank you and we hope you enjoy our regular updates as our project progresses!!
CEO/Design & Manufacturing