Aquabotix Hydroview Camera PDF Print E-mail
Written by Zuzana Prochazka   

Do you need to see what’s stuck on your rudder but don’t want to take a dip in chilly water? How about checking on your anchor from the security of your deck? Both are now possible with two fun and useful gadgets by Aquabotix.

AquaBotix offers two viewing systems, one self-contained and one that works from the end of a pole. The AquaLens is a portable underwater camera with live video feed and LED lights that you can mount on the end of your boathook. It weighs three pounds and has a diameter of five inches. The 640 x 480 pixel camera has a 3.5-inch LCD screen and uses eight AA batteries. The system is collapsible so it’s easy to store and retails for $475. If you want to do a quick check on your prop after running into a submerged object or you wish to evaluate the underwater condition of the piling you’re tied to, hook up the Aqualens and stay dry.

Now, if you want to venture farther, try the new HydroView which is as kind of underwater rover also with a built-in camera and LED lights. It looks like a small airplane with two propellers on either side of the lens. It measures 19 x 15 x 7 inches and weighs only eight pounds but can go to a depth of 75 feet and with the optional cable, can venture 300 feet from its control source.  You “drive” the Hydroview via the topsides WiFi box and steer it with your iPad, iPhone or Android device by simply tilting your tablet or smartphone in the direction you want to go. The Hydroview can travel at up to five knots, has a two hour run time and retails for $3,995. That’s a steep price to pay just to check on your anchor but then if there are sharks around, it seems like a pretty reasonably priced solution. Besides, maybe you’ll find sunken treasure with it and it will more than pay for itself.