Crowd funding starts for ‘prosumer’ nano-ROV
A wide range of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) can be found in the market but a Spanish company claims it is plugging a gap in the market, somewhere between the existing professional systems, which are very expensive and cheaper non-professional units which are closer to being a toy than a working tool.
Nido Robotics, placed in Murcia (Spain), has recognized the need to create a professional technology ROV that is easy to use and low-cost, allowing underwater work without endangering the life of any person and without compromising the quality of the results.
That’s how the Sibiu Nano was born, which the company describes as the first professional ROV within reach of all budgets. Weighing less than 5kg and a small size (25x26,5x38cm), is designed to work at depths less than 100 metres.
"It is an especially useful technology for those working near the coast: aquaculture companies, universities and research centres, diving clubs ... and even for those who have a boat and want to explore the seabed without having to submerge", Nido Robotics’ CEO Roy Torgersen said.
The Sibiu Nano basic kit features temperature and depth sensors, 50 metres of umbilical cable (through which it is directed) and an HD video camera that, in addition to recording, emits in real time; but it is also possible to incorporate some extras, according to the needs of each client.
During the pre-season campaign on the IndieGoGo platform, which starts Monday 5th February at 17.30h (Spanish Time, GMT+2) and will be open for 30 days, Nido Robotics will offer different options to those who wish to purchase a Sibiu Nano. From big discounts for ten super early birds, to the possibility of becoming a Beta-tester and receive your ROV in a very short time, there will also be a ‘Do It Yourself’ kit or an educational version made up of a five unit fleet and a didactic program; among other options.
Starting prices range from 699€ to 5,999€, with discounts of up to 45% on the real sale price for which the vehicles can be purchased once the campaign ends.
In addition, since one of the main advantages of this underwater vehicle is that it can be personalized in demand, the company will offer the possibility to the clients to acquire some extras during the campaign with a very affordable price. Those who want it, would be able to extend umbilical cable metres, incorporate a reel for it, powerful LED lights or get a carrying case...
The company is convinced of the campaign success, expecting 10,000€ sales in the first 24 hours, which would be a milestone in Spain. The success of the campaign would help Nido Robotics to expand its workforce and production line to become a benchmark in the sector.
By Jake Frith
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