Aquabotix HydroView Plus Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle with Live Video (Battery Power)

Aquabotix HydroView Plus Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle with Live Video (Battery Power)

Aquabotix HydroView Plus Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle with Live Video (Battery Power)

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Aquabotix HydroView Plus Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle with Live Video (Battery Power)

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Product Highlights

  • 150' Depth Rating, 150' Cable Length
  • HD 720p Video Capture
  • Live Video Feed to Surface
  • 1MP CMOS Image Sensor
  • 32GB of Memory for Over 2 hr of HD Video
  • Orientation Sensor for Navigation
  • Auto Control: Pitch and Heading
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • App for Remote Control via PC, iPad
  • Waterproof Carry Case
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  • 1Description

The orange and black HydroView Plus Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle from Aquabotix features an LG Electronics F160S camera with a CMOS image sensor. It provides a live video feed to the water's surface and captures HD 1280 x 720/30p video and 1MP photos underwater at a maximum depth of 150'. It has a wide-angle lens with an effective focal length of 3.2mm and a fast f/2.4 maximum aperture for clear low-light shooting.

The acrylic dome port for the lens increases the angle of view for wider coverage, to counteract the decrease in coverage that occurs underwater. A highly useful tool for underwater exploration, the HydroView allows you to study marine life and environments and perform inspections under your boat, and can also be employed to check water depths.

The vehicle has all the features of the HydroView Sport, including the rechargeable battery pack, with a couple of key additions and enhancements. It includes a longer 150' chemical-resistant Cat 5e cable for connecting your vehicle to the supplied topside box, and this can be increased to 200' with the use of a separately available cable extension from Aquabotix, to allow you to drive the vehicle further. The HydroView is actually designed to be able to operate on a cable up to a length of 300'. A higher-capacity 32GB memory card is supplied for capturing still images or up to 130 min of high-definition video, and 8 and 16GB cards are available separately. The orientation sensor is integrated into the Plus version, providing you with readings on yaw, pitch, roll and heading relative to true north. This sensor aids in navigation of the vehicle and is extremely useful in poor water quality conditions. Additionally, auto controls that let you set pitch and heading, which are available only with an optional upgrade on the Sport version, are integrated in this Plus version with no upgrade required.

Various upgrades are sold separately, including an optional depth sensor that gives you readings on the underwater depth of the vehicle, allowing you to drive it to the exact depth needed for your purposes. This is also a useful tool when you find something underwater that you want to be able to locate again. Also available separately is a sensor that detects and indicates the temperature of the water where the vehicle is swimming. Optional extra auto controls that let you set depth and thrust can be added, as well. Propeller covers can also be purchased separately to protect the blades from debris and damage.

The vehicle's buoyancy is set with salt water use in mind by default. The optional buoyancy management and landing gear system offers manual control over this attribute, allowing you to add weights in order to change the buoyancy to the preferred setting for fresh water or salt water with a lower or higher salinity level.

The HydroView Plus gives you the ability to navigate through the water using your iPad or laptop as a remote control via 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, or through the LAN connection using an optional Ethernet cable. The HydroView App for iPad or PC, when coupled with the HydroView software, is used to view the vehicle's live video feed on your iPad or computer's display and control the vehicle's movements and functions. Mac operating systems are not compatible.

Depth Rating
Can safely be used at a maximum depth of 150'.
Live Video and Capture of Videos and Still Photos
Provides a live video feed, which can be recorded at resolutions up to HD 1280 x 720p at a rate of 30 fps by the LG Electronics F160S camera connected by USB to the computer inside the vehicle. The camera features a 1MP CMOS image sensor that captures not only the aforementioned video, but also still photos at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800. It has a wide-angle lens with an effective focal length of 3.2mm and a fast f/2.4 maximum aperture for clear low-light shooting. A 32GB memory card is supplied for capturing still images or recording up to 2+ hr of HD video. An 8 or 16GB card is available separately.
Dome Port
The acrylic dome port for the lens increases the angle of view for wider coverage, to counteract the decrease in coverage that occurs underwater.
Power
Runs on rechargeable battery pack, which provides a run time of 2-3 hr and recharges in about 16 hr. The optional high-performance power package gives you up to 50% more thrust and battery life.
Buoyancy
Set with salt water use in mind by default, though the optional buoyancy management and landing gear system offers manual control over this attribute, allowing you to add weights in order to change the buoyancy to the preferred setting for fresh water or salt water with a lower or higher salinity level.
Topside Box
Produces Wi-Fi signal that allows you to connect your iPad or PC laptop. Features a LAN connection enabling the use of an optional Ethernet cable as an alternative to Wi-Fi. Box is also used to turn the vehicle on/off and recharge the batteries inside it. The topside box is water-resistant and features a watertight connector for attaching the cable connected to the vehicle, but is not designed for use in the water.
Cable Bobbers
Offer assistance with cable management. They are used to keep the cable closer to the surface of the water to minimize drag. The bobbers also aid in navigation of the vehicle by giving you a sense of its location. On the watertight connector cable, there are yellow cable bobber attachment indicators that make it easy to secure them. To minimize vehicle drag, the cable bobbers should always be placed a few feet above your desired depth.
Orientation Sensor
Provides readings on yaw, pitch, roll and heading relative to true north. Aids in navigation of the vehicle and is extremely useful in poor water quality conditions.
Auto Controls
Let you set pitch and heading through the HydroView app.

HydroView App for iPad or PC:

Introduction

Navigate through the water using your iPad or PC laptop as a remote control via 802.11n Wi-Fi (or LAN connection with an optional Ethernet cable), the HydroView software, and the free HydroView App. Mac operating systems are not compatible. Either version is easily downloadable from the Aquabotix website, and the iPad version can also be downloaded from Apple's site. The app is used to view the vehicle's live video feed on your device's display and control the vehicle's movements and functions. The video is visible in the background with the control setting overlays on top. The Dashboard Panel, Depth Meter, Compass and Speed Meter are all software upgrades available at the time of purchase.

Control Panel

Control vehicle's 8 LED dome lights, movie recorder, camera, and speed, stop and reverse functions. You can adjust LED brightness and set up the camera to take pictures at an interval you specify. Your recorded videos and photos will be stored on the HydroView, and you can use the free Media Manager app to select which ones you would like to download to your iPad or computer. The app allows you to view, delete and save photos and videos, making it possible to watch and share images without being connected to the HydroView. The iPad version can be downloaded from the Aquabotix website or Apple's store site, while the PC version requires no download and is accessible via the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari web browsers.
There are three options for speed: 1/3 power, 2/3 power and full power (see specifications for speeds). When you select one, the vehicle's two forward-facing motors will propel it forward--or backward if Reverse is pressed--and it will remain at that speed until you select another or press STOP. The STOP button halts forward and reverse motion, but you'll still be able to turn, dive or rise until you activate the "LOCK" feature.

Dashboard Panel

Used for manipulating motion controls with the iPad and adjusting the camera's focus with either the iPad or PC, and also gives location readings. Auto and manual focus can be selected, and a scroll bar allows you to fine-tune manual focus. With the iPad, you can switch between motion controls (tilting your iPad in the desired direction) and virtual joystick controls to make the vehicle turn left, turn right, dive or rise.
The PC version of the app offers keyboard controls for brightness, thrust, pitch (dive/rise) and turn. Within the Configuration Settings menu, there are default settings for these keyboard controls that you can use or change if you want to customize the controls.

Heads Up Display (HUD)

Available when software has been upgraded to version 5.3 or later, the HUD makes it easy to know where your HydroView is and what it's doing, even when it's outside of visual range. It tracks compass heading, pitch, roll, depth, speed, and vehicle position. HUD components, such as the pitch indicator, depth and speed gauges, can be turned on or off.

Settings Menu

Use the Invert Steering function to make the vehicle dive and rise in response to the opposite motions. Adjust video resolution with low, medium, high and HD settings. HD delivers the highest quality images at a speed that is slightly slower than a live feed, while high, medium and low resolutions provide images of a lower quality at a faster speed. Also available in the settings menu is the ability to run a vehicle health check, which helps verify that the mechanical components of are functioning properly. If your unit has been upgraded to be equipped with the compass/INS navigation system, it is recommended that you calibrate the compass here in settings once a month, in order to ensure that your sensors are operating with the highest possible accuracy.

Optional Upgrades

Propeller Covers
Protect the propeller blades against debris and damage.
Depth and Temperature Sensors
Depth sensor gives you readings on the underwater depth of the vehicle with +/- 0.25% accuracy, allowing you to drive it to the exact depth needed for your purposes. This is also a useful tool when you find something underwater that you want to be able to locate again. Temperature sensor detects and indicates the temperature of the water where the vehicle is swimming with +/- 0.2° accuracy, +/- 0.3% tolerance and a 1-sec response time.
Additional Auto Controls
Let you set depth and thrust through the HydroView app.
UPC: 857111003099
In the Box
Aquabotix HydroView Plus Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle with Live Video (Battery Power)
  • 150' / 45.7 m Connecting Cable
  • Cable Cuff
  • Topside Box
  • Ni-MH Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • 32GB Memory Card
  • 5 x Cable Bobbers
  • Waterproof Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Camera
    Model LG Electronics F160S
    Image Sensor 1.0 MP CMOS
    Resolution Maximum video: HD 1280 x 720p
    Maximum still image: 1280 x 800
    Aspect Ratio 16:9 widescreen
    Color Depth 24-bit
    Color Space sRGB
    Shutter Speed 1/15 sec
    Lens Focal length: 3.2 mm
    Aperture: f/2.4
    Angle of view: 66°
    Focus Auto focus with manual focus override (via app)
    Exposure Control Auto
    Video Frame Rate 30 fps
    Lights 8 cool white LEDs:
    Output: 80 lumens
    Color temperature: 6800 K
    Image Stabilization None
    Memory 32 GB memory card for 2+ hr of high-def video included
    8.0 or 16 GB memory card available separately
    Processing
    Processor & Memory 1.0 GHz Super-scalar ARM Cortex-A8
    Cortex C64X+ DSP Core
    512 MB DDR RAM
    Operating System Embedded Linux
    Connectivity
    Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11n via topside box
    Remote control via laptop or iPad using free HydroView App
    Ethernet LAN connection on topside box for using optional Ethernet cable as alternative to Wi-Fi
    System Requirements iPad: iOS 4.2.1 or later
    Computer: Windows 7 or later, or Linux OS with wireless networking capabilities and latest version of Java. Mac operating systems are not compatible.
    Housing
    Depth Rating 150' / 45.7 m
    Speed Forward:

    1/3 power: 0.8 knots / 1.5 km/hr
    2/3 power: 1.6 knots / 3.0 km/hr
    Full power: 2.5 knots / 4.6 km/hr

    Reverse:

    1/3 power: 0.3 knots / 0.6 km/hr
    2/3 power: 0.6 knots / 1.1 km/hr
    Full power: 1.0 knot / 1.8 km/hr

    With optional high-performance battery:

    Forward:

    1/3 power: 1.5 knots / 2.8 km/hr
    2/3 power: 3.0 knots / 5.6 km/hr
    Full power: 4.5 knots / 8.3 km/hr

    Reverse:

    1/3 power: 0.7 knots / 1.3 km/hr
    2/3 power: 1.4 knots / 2.6 km/hr
    Full power: 2.0 knots / 3.6 km/hr
    Operating Temperature 32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
    Connectivity Vehicle to topside box:

    Cat 5e
    150' / 45.7 m thermoplastic elastomer cable with 0.2" / 5.8 mm diameter supplied
    Can be increased to 200' / 61 m via separately available cable extension

    Camera to computer inside vehicle: USB
    Power 3 Swiss-made, high-torque motors with 80% efficiency and propellers
    Internal 10 V, 10.5 Ah battery pack recharged via topside box
    Battery run time: 2.0-3.0 hr
    Battery recharge time: 12-16 hr
    Operating Voltage: 10 VDC
    Optional high-performance battery pack: 15 V, 10.5 Ah, 3.0 hr run time, approx. 12-16 hr recharge time
    Material of Construction Dome lens port: acrylic
    Motors: metal
    Compliance Cable: RoHS compliant, hazardous industrial environment
    Dimensions Vehicle: 19.5 x 14.5 x 7.0" / 49.5 x 36.8 x 17.8 cm
    Topside box: 8.0 x 5.9 x 3.0" / 20.3 x 15 x 7.6 cm
    Weight Overall (out of water): Approx. 10 lb / 4.5 kg
    Overall (in salt water): -0.05 lb / -0.02 kg
    Camera: 0.6 lb / 0.3 kg
    Cable: 1.5 lb / 0.7 kg per 50' / 15.2 m
    Case
    Durability Waterproof and dustproof with gasket seals
    Submersible design spec: MIL-C-4150J
    Corrosion and impact-resistant
    Construction Made of molded polypropylene copolymer resin
    Dimensions 22 x 16.9 x 8.0" / 56 x 43 x 20.3 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 31.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.0 x 19.0 x 9.0"

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