It’s not the first underwater drone we’ve seen. The Biki, however, is definitely the first to mimic the appearance and swimming motions of an actual fish. This makes it extensively more adorable than any submersible drone that came before it.
Instead of using propellers to send it careening into the depths, the drone comes with a tail that swings left and right, making it look just like a fish when you catch it swimming from behind. At max speeds of 1.12 mph, it’s not the fastest, but it’s a perfect speed for those wishing to capture glorious footage of marine life and other underwater scenes.
On Biki’s nose there is a 4K camera with a 150-degree wide-angle lens that’s mounted on an anti-shake platform. With this setup, videos seem to be perfectly steady and stable. Videos captured are saved on the 32GB internal storage. Equipped with Wi-Fi, the drone can stream a real-time feed of everything it sees in the water, so you can see when a whale’s about to eat your drone and do something about it (like, I don’t know, scream and yell at the sky). Because it’s propelled using the tail, it uses up much less battery than conventional underwater drones. This gives it the look of a fish while adding the ability to record for about two hours.
It can dive to depths of up to 196 feet, too, so you can capture footage that is too deep for your snorkeling adventures. Features include dual 114-lumen LED lights (to brighten up your imagery), automated obstacle avoidance, self-balancing capabilities (no tilted videos), built-in GPS (yes, you can program an automatic path), and an accompanying controller app.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for Biki. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at $599. There are not many negatives to bring up about Biki. I love the fish-like design and the battery life. The one thing that concerns me is while the drone’s tail swishes through the water, it seems like the body sways a bit. even with the camera stabilization, it would seem that the video would zig-zag around. Do you see this being a problem? Let us know in the comment section below.