Drones are possibly the buzziest toy you can get your hands on these days, and they definitely aren’t cheap. So if you’re lucky enough to have one, you probably don’t want it falling into a body of water, causing irreparable damage.
That is where the WaterStrider comes in. Named for water striders, which are bugs that can skim along water evenly distributing their weight over their long legs, the little buoyant pods could save your drone from a watery fate.
The WaterStrider’s set of detachable legs was designed for use on the popular DJI Phantom quadcopters. The reason why its detachable is because it will reduce flight time by 30 percent, and compromise the overall aerodynamics of the drone. The WaterStrider only weighs about 300 grams, which is roughly the same weight of an extra battery, but on a windy day, it could cause the drone it’s attached to, to bounce around.
Luckily, it’s super easy to attach and detach the WaterStrider to the DJI, thanks to a little Velcro, so if you’re sure that your drone won’t be flying over water, you can opt to leave the legs off.
The WaterStrider is expected to sell for roughly $239 US, but if you want to pre-order it, head to their Kickstarter
page and you’ll pay only $179 US. Delivery for the pre-order should be happening in July, as long as production goes as planned and they reach their funding goal, just in time for all your summer drone flying needs.