By David Ponce
Most of the planet is covered with water and unless you’re willing to don a SCUBA suit and take a plunge, most of it is out of sight. There are lots of things happening down there and many of these would be worth capturing if not with your own eyes, at the very least in full 1080p resolution onto a submersible’s memory. The Aquabotix HydroView is a 9 lbs. machine capable of doing just that. Capable of going to depths of up to 150 ft., the HydroView communicates wirelessly from the user’s handheld device to the HydroView’s top-side box, which is in-turn connected to the submersible via a cable tether. By handheld device, they mean the iPad, although it seems to be compatible with PCs and Macs as well. There’s a set of LEDs to light the way and you can poke around at 5 knots going forward and 1 knot in reverse. Initially the HydroView is sold with a 75ft. tether cable though we suspect you’ll eventually be able to purchase longer ones for a fee. And prepare to pay: the machine is a cool $3,995.