I’ve seen and flown a lot of drones in the years since I’ve started covering the technology. They’ve ranged from pro-grade video models like the DJI Inspire 2 to narcissist fantasy drones like the selfie-only Dobby. But the PowerVision PowerRay is the first that can actually put food on your table.
Of course, the PowerRay isn’t an aerial device. Instead of flying high with the eagles, it joins Luca Brasi and swims with the fishes. The unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) requires a physical tether to its control source to operate—it will sell in versions with 100-foot or 200-foot tethers. It’s capable of operating at depths of 98 feet (30 meters) without issue, and features a 4K video camera to record the world beneath the surface of the water.
It’s not just for those with aspirations of being Jacques Cousteau (or, if you prefer, Steve Vissou). The PowerRay also features a fish finder, which can help you locate dinner. It has mechanisms to drop a baited lure when you do find your potential dinner, helping you better stuff your face full of your favorite sashimi.
Its sonar-based fish-finding system can detect fish at depths of 131 feet (40 meters). Its Wi-Fi transmission is rated at 262 feet (80 meters), longer than the longest tether available. You can remove the Fishfinder and use it as a standalone device, or leave it attached to take advantage of its fish-luring light. It’s suitable for use in saltwater, freshwater, and ice fishing, and is capable enough to satisfy the needs of hobbyists and enthusiasts alike.
A front-mounted camera captures video at up to 4K UHD quality, and can also capture 12-megapixel images in 5fps bursts. Since the UUV only consumes power when moving, you can expect its battery to last for about four hours under normal operating conditions.
If you’ve been having trouble angling in those big sea bass or lake trout, and want an edge that will make it so you don’t have to go to the supermarket to purchase the daily catch, the PowerRay may be the drone you’ve been waiting for.
The PowerRay will be made available for pre-order on Feb. 27. Pricing has not yet been set.