The Kerala Start-up mission and a hardware incubator at Kochi have resulted in the launch of Indias first underwater robotic drone.
On Friday, the start-up mission was buzzing surrounding the launch of a drone that could send real-time video of ships and other underwater structures to help with repair and maintenance.
The first commercial Remotedly Operated Vehicle (ROV)/underwater drone, EYEROVTUNA is the brainchild of EyeROV Technologies, a company incubating at Maker Village reported as the largest hardware incubator in the country.
EyeROV has been handed over to the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of DRDO. NPOL, a laboratory of Delhi-headquartered Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), made the first order of the product, according to a release from Maker Village.
The development of the product of EyeROV was largely supported by Kerala Start up Mission (KSUM) through various schemes.
The drone will be used by NPOL for research and development activities which in turn would resultin commercial product for defence purposes.
The robotic drone, developed by Johns T Mathai and Kannappa Palaniappan P of EyeROV Technologies, can navigate up to a depth of 50 metres to take real-time HD video images to examine ship hulls or undersea cables or bridge moorings, eliminating the need for costlier and riskier manual inspection by divers, the release said.
EyeROV, which was tested on Indias first solar ferry in Keralas Vaikom, offers high manoeuvring capability at low cost and can be put to uses ranging from inspections of ship hulls, ports, dams and nuclear power plants, to search and rescue, naval mine detection and ocean studies, it said.