If you weren't missing summer already, you probably will after seeing this dolphin-inspired personal submersible called the Seabreacher. While the company behind the acrobatic vehicle has been around for ages, a video showing a couple riding one of the submersibles and cutting through aquamarine waters like a dolphin has recently gained traction on Reddit, garnering attention from all around.
The two-seat, semi-submersible Seabreacher watercraft, was designed by Rob Innes and Dan Piazza. The duo are engineers and have founded the company Innespace, Inc.
The vehicle certainly looks like something from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. There are three models out there that blend a marine mammal and a high-performance fighter jet: Dolphin-inspired Z model, shark-inspired X model, and the killer whale-inspired Y model.
The one in the video looks like a dolphin and imitates its movements with ease. The vehicles can be customized to operate like different marine animals like sailfish and killer whales, and this puts them on the higher-end of the spectrum.
Moreover, they are pretty strong. For example, the dolphin-inspired model comes with a 215 HP supercharged engine, while the other ones have the standard 260 HP supercharged engine. combined with the fully vectored thrust system, the vehicle looks like an actual sea animal cutting through the water.
The conventional watercraft can typically operate on a two-dimensional plane, the Seabreacher website states, while these models operate more like an aircraft with full three axes of control; pitch, roll, and yaw; enabling it to carve left and right, jump over, dive under, and do 360 barrel rolls on the water.
There are also specs such as a snorkel-mounted video camera that transmits live video to LCD screens during dives, GPS navigation, and an on-board stereo system with iPod docking that you can use to further personalize the submersible. All of this adds to the price and the tag differs for each model; however, per the website, a typical Seabreacher will range from $80,000 to $100,000 on average.