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Technology review Chasing Dory

Chasing Dory is a cute name for an ROV. ROVs or remotely operated vehicles focused on exploring underwater. Drones are also a form of ROV, but drones are normally associated with flying above you in the air. Or next to you in the case of a selfie drone. ROV”s as the market defines them today work underwater. Many include a handset to operate them, and some use your tablet or cell phone.

Chasing Dory is much smaller (just over 3 pounds) and comes in a brilliant yellow. The base system includes a 150-foot teether and a buoy. What that means is you can go down 150 feet if the body of water is that deep!

  1. Wifi doesn’t work through the water. It works above the water, but once you start moving below the water level, wifi signals dissipate quickly. So with a drone in the air, you can use WIFI because WIFI works up to 10000 feet away from the receiver. With an ROV underwater, the device has to be tethered. Chasing Dory is a new system that has a tether, but the tether connects to the wifi-enabled buoy.
  2. These ROVs can go easily as deep as 1000 feet. However, the recommended depth is around 300 feet. Remember that water pressure is quickly greater than air pressure.

Chasing Dory has a set of headlights that allows the camera to see below water level. It takes a couple of times using an underwater ROV to get the orientation. Where Drones are a little less control specific, you have up, down, and side to side. With the ROV you have the same up, down, side to side, but the reality is you can’t physically see the ROV underwater. So what you see is what you are responding to with an ROV.

We haven’t had a chance to put Dory in the water yet. That will come after the end of winter! It is hard to operate controls when you have to wear gloves!

Chasing Dory has a nice software package, for either Android of IoS devices. The system can operate around 200 feet away from your phone. What that means is that the buoy, with Dory can be placed in the water, and then you can move your boat away from the area. You will get to see more without the shadow of a boat overhead!

I won’t do a rating for this ROV until I get it in the water and see what they video and still, pictures look like.

So, for now, it is an introduction review!

  • Question /

    are you curious what lies below the surface of the water?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    See fish underwater is really cool right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    would you rather have a drone (flying overhead)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    or would you rather have an ROV (underwater)?

    • Yes
    • No

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What do you think?

22 points
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Written by DocAndersen

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  1. I would like to have both but, I have to put my 10 cents in here.
    In New Zealand waters, many boats go out with sonar fish detectors, the fish don’t have a chance to breed and reproduce. We are starting fish farms, however, these devices can be used to get rid of the marine life as well.
    Marine life is important to the food chain of everything around us

  2. Q: ARE YOU CURIOUS WHAT LIES BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE WATER?
    Yes (11 votes) – 100%
    Q: SEE FISH UNDERWATER IS REALLY COOL RIGHT?
    Yes (12 votes) – 100%
    Q: WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A DRONE (FLYING OVERHEAD)?
    Yes (5 votes) – 56%
    No (4 votes) – 44%
    Q: OR WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE AN ROV (UNDERWATER)?
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%

  3. Life is great whether on land, in the air or under water. Unfortunately, I would not use any of these two devices as I am useless with almost all technology except a smartphone, a tablet (just barely), a laptop and a remote. I will have to check up o your review if my memory is still there in April or so…

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