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Ziphius: The Aquatic Drone

A project in Açores, Portugal by Azorean - Aquatic Technologies

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The first app-controlled aquatic drone that plays augmented reality games and shows autonomous behaviors. Ziphius™ is zillions of fun!
Backers: 472
Average Pledge Per Backer: $269

Funded: $127,199 of $125,000
Dates: Jun 24th -> Jul 24th (30 days)
Project By: Azorean - Aquatic Technologies
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Latest News

Ziphius is funded!

July 24th - via:
With your support Ziphius project is successfully funded. We are now ready to go further in the development plan: Finish all the details that will make Ziphius the first aquatic drone controlled by mobile apps and start its mass production. A big... (Read More)

Ziphius is a magical thing coming to life! :)

July 22nd - via:
We've reached the 125K thanks to your support. It has been a busy month around here with running the kickstarter campaign and pursuing with all the project developments. The software is getting better and better. The interface is being tuned and all... (Read More)

Almost there! (We passed the 100k milestone!)

July 18th - via:
Hi there again!  Today we passed the 100K mark and are very pleased to be closer and closer to our funding goal. THANK YOU!  Also, we released an amazing video from a set of GoPro cameras on Ziphius. The footage is amazing! WATCH :-)  BUT we have... (Read More)

Now on Kickstarter: an aquatic drone you control via smartphone app

July 17th - via:
Ziphius is an aquatic drone you can control with an app. It can explore beneath the ocean waves and transmit video to you, or it can play with your kids in the swimming pool. (Read More)

Kickstarter project: Ziphius Aquatic drone

July 16th - via:
The creators of the Ziphius Aquatic drone are seeking funding on Kickstarter. The ROV is controlled by cameras and smartphones from up to 300 ft away and can output real-time 720p video to an external device or record to an internal SD card. It is not designed for sub-surface use, but can achieve up to 6 mph on the surface. It can also “learn” some autonomous behaviors such as following shapes an colors. The designers do not specify whether these could be whale shark shapes or not! (Read More)

Waterlijninspectie op afstand

July 16th - via:
Een op afstand bestuurbaar, zwemmend lieveheersbeest, daarop lijkt de Ziphius nog het meest. De varende robot is uitgerust met een een camera die beelden kan maken net onder, op en boven het wateroppervlak. (Read More)

Thank you so much for your reply!

July 15th - via:
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9 days to get there!

July 13th - via:
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Halfway Milestone!

July 12th - via:
We are pleased to announce we have passed the halfway mark to our funding goal! To celebrate, we asked ourselves "What can we have Ziphius do that is different?" We already added a ton of new features or updates including; We doubled the onboard... (Read More)

Kickstarter Find: Ziphius Aquatic Drone

July 11th - via:
The app-controlled Ziphius drone floats on the water, where it can interact with you, take pictures, shoot video, or even tow you on an inner tube. (Read More)

Adding two fast motors to a GoPro

July 9th - via:
The HD camera inside Ziphius captures images from above and below water, but we know how many of you are hooked on using your GoPro. To increase its versatility, we've added a GoPro Mount to the EPP outfit. Mounting a GoPro on top of your Ziphius is... (Read More)

DIY Edition

July 8th - via:
Ziphius is much more than a RC gadget. By having a Raspberry Pi inside and being Arduino compatible, it has enough computer power to make Ziphius perform actions, based on image processing or other any other sensor. We are creating a DIY edition that... (Read More)

Fishing with Ziphius

July 8th - via:
One of the best things about Ziphius is that there is always someone proposing a new use for it. We've always thought that Ziphius would be a great partner for fishing: it could scout for the best fishing spots or simply film the best catches of the... (Read More)

Ziphius Aquatic Drone Can Be Controlled By Your Mobile Device (video)

July 4th - via:
A new creation has landed on the Kickstarter crows funding website this month in the form of the new Ziphius Aquatic Drone created by Azorean Aquatic Technologies based in Portugal. (Read More)

A bit of yada yada yada ;-)

July 3rd - via:
Our team is quite a diverse bunch! Some of us are makers, others are more into social networking while others are eco and techie trend-hikers. But we all love gadgets and games. This passion, combined with our islander condition, lead us to imagine... (Read More)

Fourth of July Limited Edition

July 3rd - via:
To celebrate the 4th of July and all the support we are having,  we are adding a new reward to our campaign: A Ziphius with a new stars and stripes outfit for the Fourth of July. Available in a limited quantity, the $225.00 patriotic design pays... (Read More)


July 3rd - via:
We left children alone with Ziphius for a while… Normally this could mean trouble! Uh-oh… but this is the result! A fun afernoon with Mrs. Ziphius Ladybug and Mrs. Ziphius Bee.  (Read More)

Aquatic Drone Takes Photos and Videos Underwater

July 3rd - via:
While their natural environment may be the sky, drones are now entering wetter territory. Ziphius is an app-controlled aquatic drone that responds to smartphone or tablet commands in real-time, according to its Kickstarter page. The drone's first incarnation will come with a remote-control app that enables users to steer it, and to take photos or videos of their underwater activities. (Read More)

Ziphius is an aquatic drone currently being crowdfunded

July 3rd - via:
Ziphius is a pet-like aquatic drone that explores marine life, plays catch and fetches drinks, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Zillions of thanks!

July 1st - via:
We´ve reached the 30% funding level! Thank you so much!  This week has been quite an adventure. We dove head into the campaign and have been answering to emails and comments and adjusting the project to better meet the demand. We've received... (Read More)

Ziphius upgrade and new reward

July 1st - via:
Hello  We've received many questions on Ziphius' SD cards capacity. Some of you folks would like to have more memory available to be able to record more time of interrupted fun. So to celebrate all your support we´ve decided to double the SD... (Read More)

Ziphius is a Robot That Takes to the Waves

July 1st - via:
Robots are going anywhere humans do (and a few places we don't). And the common human fondness for water, is now joined by a personal app-controlled drone, the Ziphius. (Read More)


June 29th - via:
Ziphius is a great companion for swimmers. It can film their training. We´ve received some good reviews at the Swimmer's Daily. We went to a synchronised swimming train and at a certain point Ziphius was already part of the choreography.   (Read More)

Free shipping to Portugal

June 29th - via:
We´ve added new rewards that give free shipping to Portugal.    (Read More)

Free shipping for Portugal

June 29th - via:
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Thanks for your Support!

June 29th - via:
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Ziphius the Aquatic Drone now on Kickstarter

June 29th - via:
You might remember Ziphius, the smartphone-controlled aquatic drone, winner of Engadget’s 2012 Insert Coin: New Challengers competition. Well, now they have launched this Kickstarter campaign, hoping to raise $125,000 by July 24th. (Read More)

Ziphius takes drone tech to the waves

June 28th - via:
The Ziphius is a smartphone or tablet-controlled camera-equipped aquatic drone, that’s capable of autonomous behavior. (Read More)

Akıllı cihazlar ile yönetilebilen su geçirmez görüntüleme aracı: Ziphius

June 28th - via:
Yakın zaman içerisinde farklı ülkelerde de faaliyet göstermeye başlayacağını öğrendiğimiz Kickstarter üzerinde ortaya çıkan güncel projelerden Ziphius, akıllı cep telefonu ya da tablet modelleri yardımıyla kontrol edilerek farklı görüntüler alınmasına imkan sağlıyor. (Read More)

Ziphius Aquatic Drone: Sea Parrot

June 27th - via:
Last month we saw a drone that can both drive around and fly. It's a shame it can't run on water as well, because as the Ziphius shows, having a drone on water seems like a lot of fun. The Ziphius is an aquatic drone designed to be controlled via an Android or iOS device. (Read More)

Die schwimmende Kameradrohne: Ziphius

June 27th - via:
Ein neues Kickststarter Projekt verspricht eine per App (iOS/Android) ferngesteuerte Schwimmdrohne, die auch noch nett anzusehen ist. (Read More)

Ziphius : le premier drone aquatique grand public

June 26th - via:
Jusqu’à présent le grand public connait principalement les drones de reconnaissance sous leur forme aérienne. Désormais, il faudra également compter sur leurs versions aquatiques. (Read More)


June 26th - via:
Ziphius的本意是“剑吻鲸”,因此它的外观像是一条鱼,这条“鱼”可以像宠物一样跟着你,伴随着你,为你拍照,同时它还支持一键分享这些照片或者视频。 (Read More)

The Ziphius Aquatic Drone Captures Underwater Video and Photos, Lets You Play Augmented Reality Games (video)

June 25th - via:
Take your summer fun to new heights in the pool with the Ziphius, which is the first app-controlled aquatic drone that plays augmented reality games and can show autonomous behaviors. It’s an easy-to-use gadget that responds to your smartphone or tablet commands in real-time. You can take pictures and videos of your under water adventures and its processing power allows you to play augmented reality games. Thanks to its high-performance turbines it can travel at up to 6 mph, and the hydrodynamic design makes it fluid like water so that it always stays upright. (Read More)

Raspberry Pi geht schwimmen

June 25th - via:
Ziphius ist eine schwimmende Wasserdrohne mit schwenkbarer Kamera und zwei Außenbordmotoren. Sie kann per WLAN vom Ufer aus gesteuert werden, ist mit einem Raspberry Pi ausgerüstet und kann Schwimmer und kleine Boote auf dem Wasser begleiten. (Read More)

Drones take to the surf, thanks to the Zipheus project

June 25th - via:
There's a sea monster funding on Kickstarter right now. It's name is Ziphius and its likely going to be lurking about in swimming pools and off beachfronts the world over very soon. Like a stealthy, aquatic one-eyed Manta Ray it waits for you. (Read More)

Ziphius aquatic drone hits Kickstarter, we go hands-on with an updated prototype

June 24th - via:
If you followed our Insert Coin: New Challengers contest at our first-ever Expand event, you may recognize this guy. The Ziphius, an WiFi-enabled aquatic drone powered by a Raspberry Pi, won $25,000 in prize money back in San Francisco, and three months later it's taking the next big plunge: launching on Kickstarter. The bot launched its crowd-funding campaign tonight -- at Engadget+ gdgt live in NYC, no less -- and the Ziphius team says the $125,000 in requested money will go toward refining the device's mold for the final-production version. (Read More)

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