Guy Harvey Magazine

SUM 2018

Guy Harvey Magazine is focused on fishing, boating, scuba diving, and marine conservation. Portfolios from the world's best fishing photographers, articles on gear, travel, tournaments, apparel, lifestyle, seafood recipes, sustainable fisheries.

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Page 16 of 83 | 17 Amazing Underwater Vehicles In this issue, on page 28, you'll read about SuBastian, one of the most advanced ROVs in existence (at least on this planet). At a cost in the millions, SuBastian can go three miles deep and record massive sets of data. Obviously, you're not going to take Subastian on your 16-ft. Carolina Skiff, even if you could afford it. But, what if you only want to check out the underwater seascape 100 ft. down? Well, there are a number of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and underwater cameras, like the popular Aqua-Vu, for peeking into the deep and seeing what fish are roaming around that might bite our hook. Navatics, a new company from China, is introducing an ROV called MITO to the market. The design is quite stylish, weighs about six pounds and can be easily transported in your backpack. But what it does underwater is the most impressive. With four thrusters for multi-directional maneuverability, the unit is also equipped with advanced stabilization technology that helps to create professional quality video. Perhaps MITO's coolest feature is the remote wireless controller. MITO is attached by tether to a buoy and can be operated from as far as five-hundred yards away. Basically, you can sit in your boat and explore a huge underwater area while MITO cruises around at your command. MITO's tether allows it to descent 130 ft. and capture 4K video as well as high-resolution still photos. While we have not personally tested MITO, the manufacturer claims it will run for four hours and achieve speeds of four knots. That's quick! An app, available for both iOS and Android, runs on your smartphone, which attaches to the remote controller. It also gives users the ability to color correct images and share photos and video directly to social media. Overall, if MITO does what it claims to do, it's quite impressive, especially at a cost of about $1,200. That's a chunk of money for sure, but considering all of the technology packed into such a small package, the price seems reasonable. For more info, visit Top: Product photo of the Navatics MITO. Middle: The MITO in action as it captures footage of a diver. Bottom: A screenshot of the user interface for the MITO. The ROV is controlled by an app for your smartphone. Photos courtesy of Navatics.

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