Eye beneath the waves
Christine Spiten (26) from Asker south of Oslo, loves the sea. She lives on a yacht.
“I try to spend as much of my time as possible at sea. It’s great to be able to simply cast off and head out to sea without having to make your way to a boat first,” Spiten tells Scandinavian Traveler.
“But there's still a great deal we don't know about the sea,” she says. Which is why she has teamed up with eight other engineers and researchers to make an underwater drone.
“It gives you an eye underwater. If you’re going to go to areas with lots of fish or coral, or to a site of an exciting wreck or art installations underwater, you can research all this with Blueye. When you dispatch it into the water, you get live video footage straight to a smartphone, tablet or VR headset, to enable you to share the experience.”
The drone is small enough to pack in a bag. Blueye was thought up in the student environment at the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems NTNU in Trondheim. Spiten herself has studied automation and control technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and in Brazil. EGGS Design has helped develop the first prototype. It used to only be oil companies and the oil industry that had access to this type of underwater technology, but Blueye's price tag will make it affordable to ordinary users when its launched on the market in 2017.
“Blueye will be marketed globally and we have links to various networks and distributors in Asia and the USA. We are also organizing a sales and marketing program via the Innovation Norway office in New York. The market for flying drones has really taken off. Market leader DJI has made flying drones affordable to the general public. We believe we can do the same for underwater drones.
Text: Inga Ragnhild Holst
Published: November 17, 2016