The third generation of Swellpro's waterproof drone has gone on display at the IFA consumer technology fair in Berlin, as Jim Drury reports.
STORY: Among the drone makers at Berlin's IFA tech show, those from Swellpro were particularly buoyant. This is Splash Drone 3, Swellpro's third generation waterproof, unsinkable, drone. SOUNDBITE (English) ERIC HU, SWELLPRO FOUNDER, SAYING: "This is the first waterproof drone in the world. It can land on the water and start flying from the water." It contains a fast release waterproof 4K camera gimbal, first person view remote controller, and updated flight control system. SOUNDBITE (English) ANTHONY KUHN, TECHNICAL MANAGER FOR SWELLPRO IN CHINA, SAYING: "It's a multipurpose drone that can do lots of things. From dropping fishing bait through to a follow-me mode, which is ideal for boat-users. You can get the the drone to follow you while you're on a boat or a jet ski or in a car on land." The firm says it could also be used in search-and-rescue missions. SOUNDBITE (English) ANTHONY KUHN, TECHNICAL MANAGER FOR SWELLPRO IN CHINA, SAYING: "To be able to produce a drone that can withstand salt water, it's quite an achievement. The motors are brushless and they're coated, so they can withstand salt water. We advise that once you've finished flying the drone give it a rinse off." Also at IFA was Ataraina's prototype Flying Magic Cleaner, dubbed "the world's first flying air cleaner." Polymicro film attached to the drone helps remove dust, pollen, and other harmful particles from the home. Hundreds of exhibitors displayed their wares this week at IFA, Europe's largest tech trade fair.