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Dolphin Inspired Mini-sub

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the expensive-toys dept.

Technology 181

What do you get the millionaire in your life who has everything? How about the Seabreacher mini-sub. Described as a dolphin-inspired cross between a jet ski and a submarine, the Seabreacher has a top speed of 45mph above the waves and 20mph below them. The two-man £30,000 craft is 15' long and its design makes it self-righting. Strangely, this doesn't come with a laser package.

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Ergonomic? (4, Funny)

Bob Gelumph (715872) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871847)

The words: "Ouch, my spine." come to mind, though the follow up of "Don't worry, it doesn't hurt any more" are probably more worrying.

I see you have experience... (2, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872103)

...on a waverunner.

Re:Ergonomic? (2, Funny)

Grashnak (1003791) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872219)

As I always say, "That looks like it hurt... but only for a second."

frickin lasers (2, Funny)

Windows_NT (1353809) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872337)

Dr. Evil: You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have? Number Two: Sea Bass. Dr. Evil: [pause] Right. Number Two: They're mutated sea bass. Dr. Evil: Are they ill tempered? Number Two: Absolutely. Dr. Evil: Oh well, that's a start.

Re:frickin lasers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872501)

you suck at quoting. please stop.

Friggin Laser Beams? (3, Funny)

Lars T. (470328) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871853)

I thought dolphins came with explosive charges?

Re:Friggin Laser Beams? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24871955)

No, that's sharks. Didn't you see the documentary? Their brains and sexual organs are made of M-80s.

Re:Friggin Laser Beams? (0)

zotz (3951) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872083)

"Strangely, this doesn't come with a laser package."

"I thought dolphins came with explosive charges?"

I don't know about either of these...

The sharks inspired model comes with lasers, this one would need to come with a laser defense system. (System to defend against lasers, not necessarily defense system consisting of lasers folks.)

drew

Re:Friggin Laser Beams? (2, Funny)

perlchild (582235) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872211)

There is also the ex-military dolphin version that comes with a full on drug-addict and unreasonable computer-hacking ability. (The novella was much better than the film, nuff said).

Re:Friggin Laser Beams? (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872431)

Indeed, ''Johnny Mnemonic'' by William Gibson from the collection Burning Chrome.

Hey, I can reuse this comment in the Google thread about Chrome :)

Re:Friggin Laser Beams? (1)

Van Cutter Romney (973766) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872215)

"Strangely, this doesn't come with a laser package."

"I thought dolphins came with explosive charges?"

I don't know about either of these...

Oh, what a cute dolphin ..... BOOM!

sea bass? (5, Funny)

piggywig (780829) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871871)

I'm waiting for the budget 'sea bass' version to come out. I think £30,000 is a bit steep for me.

Re:sea bass? (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871889)

A lot of people think that.. and then they are off to buy a house and/or car.

But seriously, obviously it's a lot of money. But if I ever get my own island off the coast of Dubai, count me in.

Re:sea bass? (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872213)

Personally, if I had the time to justify an expense like this, I'd get SCUBA certified and buy one of those underwater scooter things. I'd have money left over to take some pretty awesome diving trips too.

Come to think of it, it's probably good for divers that these things are and will remain rare.

Re:sea bass? (1)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872345)

Are they ill-tempered?

Duh... (1)

purpleque (948533) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871885)

It might have had a lasers package if it's design was inspired by a shark...

engine (4, Insightful)

stranger_to_himself (1132241) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871893)

Seems odd that they don't use an electric motor to avoid the problem of having to get air into the engine.

Re:engine (4, Funny)

kobaz (107760) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872091)

or nuclear

Re:engine (5, Insightful)

raynet (51803) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872095)

Gasoline is much lighter than the equivalent amount of batteries.

Re:engine (1)

Beat The Odds (1109173) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872883)

Gasoline is much lighter than the equivalent amount of batteries.

Yah, but the heavy batteries really help during the "drive" phase.

Re:engine (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872099)

Yeah, those crazy whales and dolphins, what will they be doing next?

Re:engine (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872231)

If they'd do that they would soon run out of rich idi^H^H^Hclients for new versions, right after current owners decide it's exciting to dive close to crush depth.

Re:engine (1)

s_p_oneil (795792) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872489)

Apparently you missed the "45 MPH", which is faster than an average speedboat can go. I'll bet someone could water-ski behind this thing. Most electric scooters max out around 25-35MPH, and something like this would require even more power.

Average "speedboat"???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24873047)

Apparently you missed the "45 MPH", which is faster than an average speedboat can go.

You must not know jack about boats. The average "speedboat" can go MUCH faster than 45 mph.

My boat is not a speedboat, not even close to being one. It's a lowly Glastron 17' with very small underpowered 125hp 4 cylinder engine, and appropriately classified as a "family runabout". It's cruise speed in smooth water is 44MPH which is typical of boast in its category. My friend's Baja is a true speedboat and will easily go over 75 mph, and has twin V-8 engines.

Re:engine (2, Insightful)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872925)

Couldn't they use an air tank to supply air to the motor? Maybe you could stay down for 10 minutes or so.

I want one (1)

martinQblank (1138267) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871897)

That looks like fun...

Re:I want one (3, Interesting)

stjobe (78285) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872445)

Well, if you want a real submersible instead of a 20-seconds-below-snorkle-depth, try DeepFlight: http://www.deepflight.com/ [deepflight.com]

Ah slashdotters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24871901)

You are beginning to accept that idle is here to stay

What happens when the engine loses oxygen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24871909)

What would happen to this submarine went underwater for too long, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the engine? As you no longer have any power, you can't empty water from the snorkel, preventing the engine from being restarted. I would hope that it floats on top of the water by default (instead of sinking) and therefore the occupant can escape via the top hatch quite easily. The problem would just be getting the thing back to shore to empty the snorkel and possibly drain water from the cabin as necessary?

Re:What happens when the engine loses oxygen? (2, Informative)

Smeagel (682550) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871977)

FTFA:

"It can do 20mph below the water. If you go below snorkel depth you run out of air for the engine and you stay under for 20 seconds before the craft will automatically surface. But with the snorkel system in use you can stay under for longer."

Re:What happens when the engine loses oxygen? (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872177)

There is a glitch...

Re:What happens when the engine loses oxygen? (1)

TheP4st (1164315) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871979)

FTA:
"It can do 20mph below the water. If you go below snorkel depth you run out of air for the engine and you stay under for 20 seconds before the craft will automatically surface. But with the snorkel system in use you can stay under for longer."

Re:What happens when the engine loses oxygen? (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872193)

...in the matrix

Re:What happens when the engine loses oxygen? (4, Informative)

hey! (33014) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872119)

My guess, reading between the lines and looking at the picture, is that the entire vessel is buoyant, and only stays submerged by moving forward and using its control surfaces to counteract its buoyancy. That would make this thing a "submarine" in the same way that a snorkeler is a "marine mammal": perhaps technically defensibly so, but not really what people mean. In any case, if that is true, then when the engine stalls, the vessel will simply float to the surface.

That's how I'd design something like this.

Making a "real" submarine takes a lot of engineering expertise. You can cheat any number of ways to make something sort of like a submarine. You can make a "wet" submarine, and avoid having to deal with a pressure hull. Unfortunately, that experience lacks something of the Captain Nemo drawing room atmosphere (namely the "atmospheric" part). Making a bouyant submarine that stays submerged using its control surfaces means you don't worry about ballast systems, and have a system that is intrinsically safer than one that requires pumping air and water around. But it means you can't go to deep, and you can't stop and admire the scenery.

Re:What happens when the engine loses oxygen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872173)

And you won't die if something breaks down. I guess there are trade offs with everything.

And it can dive for 20 seconds ! (4, Interesting)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871911)

How exciting...

Much closer to a jet ski than to a sub... Another expensive and useless toy.
Those guys [ussubs.com] supposedly make proper mini subs (or real ones, although apparently nobody has taken them up on it).

Why useless? (2, Insightful)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872121)

Sure its for recreation but you could travel in it and you wouldn't get as wet as a jetski which seem to be pretty popular even though they're little more than a leisure vehicle. And unless that mini sub can do 20mph under the water (year right) it won't anything like as much of a buzz as this machine.

Re:Why useless? (2, Interesting)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872563)

The mini sub may only do 2 knots underwater but does dive to 300m [ussubs.com] with a 6 hour capacity which makes it an actual submarine. In my eyes it's much more exciting than something that just goes around on the surface.

The dolphin thing, while possibly technically interesting, remains a leisure surface craft. It's also probably quite a bit cheaper.

Re:And it can dive for 20 seconds ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872759)

Awesome. I can have my very own Sealab! If only I can get a new one after it blows up...

Air for the people? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24871915)

So the snorkel provides air for the engine... what about the two people in the seats? Ahh... engine exhaust has some oxygen in it right?

Nothing like this. (5, Insightful)

BitterOldGUy (1330491) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871923)

What do you get the millionaire in your life who has everything?

Nothing like this. They would play with it a couple of times and then, I don't know.

It just so happens I have a couple of millionaires (self made) in my family. They're not into these very expensive luxury toys. They don't spend money on shit - especially over priced shit: cars, boats, Rolex Watches , etc...

One of them is really into bicycling and he does buy high quality equipment - used.

The other, she does spurge on here horses, but she actually competes in her retirement.

These types of toys are for the high salaried folks who still end up living paycheck to paycheck because they're spending all of their money on crap like this (doctors, lawyers, corporate business execs, star athletes etc...). "The Millionaire Next Door" explains much better. And yeah, those family members of mine, at lest one, are right out of that book.

Re:Nothing like this. (1)

Splab (574204) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872001)

You sound like it is a bad thing to use your money.

If I had a million bucks I would sure as hell make sure I had the most fun possible with the money.

Re:Nothing like this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872267)

You sound like it is a bad thing to use your money.

If I had a million bucks I would sure as hell make sure I had the most fun possible with the money.

That, my friend, is EXACTLY why those GP's relatives are millionaires and you are not. Satisfying one's spending needs is relatively cheap. In fact, there is many "helpful" hands to join in (for an interest) and you won't even feel like you don't have money, or that you are being ripped off in the process.

Only those who find more joy in collecting money then in spending money will ever become "filthy rich" (hairs and lottery winners excluded). Oh, irony ...

Re:Nothing like this. (1)

zoefff (61970) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872413)

Millionairs can only become so by NOT spending at least a million in whatever currency.

Re:Nothing like this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872859)

You misunderstand.

It's not a bad thing to use money, that's what it's there for! In the end, it serves no other purpose. But before we GET to the end, people who are legitimately rich do a whole heap of other stuff with it- they use it to get more money.

For example, say you have $60,000 Australian dollars. Roughly the cost of one of these subs- roughly. Now, you could go and just buy the sub, sure- or you can use that $60,000 as a deposit and buy a unit/apartment. Since you generally need about 10%, let's say you borrow $300,000 and buy an apartment of that value.

Let's say you wait five years, paying off the interest on your loan only. In that time, your loan remains $300,000- but the value of your property has increased to, let's say $390,000. You sell it, reclaim your deposit, and that's $150,000 from your original $60,000 investment. Because, remember, the value of your property increases over time, whereas the value of your loan overall remains static (drops due to inflation/devaluing of currency, increases due to interest repayments). You pay your taxes, etc, let's say it goes down to $120,000

You take half the return ($60,000) and buy yourself your minisub. You have your minisub, you have your $60,000; it's five years later and while your mates back in 2008 have a crappy, beat up minisub, yours is shiny and new (and depreciating rapidly, I might add).

The point is not to "not use" money, but to use it intelligently- to maximise your fun.

Re:Nothing like this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24873011)

Totally.

In a stroke of astonishing good fortune, I made ~20 million when my company had its IPO. Let me tell you, I went right out and bought a couple of XBoxes. Because I had so much money, I didn't feel like I needed to play anything splitscreen.

Re:Nothing like this. (5, Interesting)

apt142 (574425) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872041)

When I first saw this, I thought to myself, you know who would really want this?

Drug Runners!

IThey already go through a lot of trouble to make cheap subs to get around customs. Well, this couldn't be too much more expensive and it's reusable and safe. And if they got picked up on radar... Well, they could brush up on dolphin mating calls.

Re:Nothing like this. (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872329)

We'll just feed viagra and MDMA to the dolpins near the coast.

Thats just your family (1)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872143)

Go find out what russian oligarchs spend their money on.

your family is boring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872147)

It just so happens I have a couple of millionaires (self made) in my family. They're not into these very expensive luxury toys. They don't spend money on shit - especially over priced shit: cars, boats, Rolex Watches , etc...

They sound like a boring family. I picture them sitting around (when they're not busy not buying anything fun), engaging each other in a game of "who can be the most curmudgeonly?".

I bet you beat those millionaires out every time at that game.

Stupid, Pathetic Idle Rich (0, Troll)

curmudgeon99 (1040054) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871937)

As if we didn't have enough problems in this world without the idle rich finding new and innovative ways to waste time and money. Here's the only question that should matter: at the end of your life are you going to wish you spent more time riding in a dolphin? I doubt it.

Re:Stupid, Pathetic Idle Rich (1)

Megaport (42937) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872011)

As if we didn't have enough problems in this world without the idle rich finding new and innovative ways to waste time and money.

Dude, I just used my 20mbps home internet over my Wifi on my XPS laptop to reply to you while I was surfing the web for the first time with the new Chrome browser, and I didn't even read TFA in the post. Umm wait, what was my point?

--M

Re:Stupid, Pathetic Idle Rich (1)

proind (837269) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872031)

are you kidding me ? riding a dolphin is what life is all about.

Stupid, Pathetic Idle Rich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872139)

"Here's the only question that should matter: at the end of your life are you going to wish you spent more time riding in a dolphin? "

That's a fetish I haven't tried.

Re:Stupid, Pathetic Idle Rich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872183)

To answer your question: Hell yeah!

Re:Stupid, Pathetic Idle Rich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872191)

In Putin's Russia, Dolphin rides you!

'Oh, why did he have to say that? That's just nasty!'

seaquest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24871939)

reminds me of seaquest!

Re:seaquest (1)

asdir (1195869) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871963)

Yep, thought so too. Anyone thinking Lucas Wolenczak or Darwin here?

Air (1)

jep77 (1357465) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871965)

Air is provided for the engine through a snorkel... and what about air for the people up front? Ahhh... exhaust gasses might work...

Dolphin Inspired Mini-sub (3, Funny)

hellop2 (1271166) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871989)

Oh please oh please oh please... I promise I will clean my room and go to bed on time every day!

More Details (1)

yogibaer (757010) | more than 6 years ago | (#24871991)

Fun toy, with lots of power (Must be great for racing with real dolphins :-) More details: http://innespace.com/current%20projects.html [innespace.com] http://www.seabreacher.com/ [seabreacher.com] (With movie...)

Re:More Details (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872165)

Don't forget this [zoy.org] .

Hmm.. (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872029)

Not much of a sub, it sounds like. TFA doesn't mention anything about how deep it can go.

-jcr

Re:Hmm.. (1)

Bob-taro (996889) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872637)

"TFA doesn't mention anything about how deep it can go."

Well, if it can go max 20mph underwater and can only last 20 sec "below snorkel depth" before the engine cuts out and it starts to float back up, it can't have a dive depth over 600 ft. Actually, I'm sure it's much less than that because you probably can't go 20 mph straight down, working against the craft's buoyancy.

And BTW, why don't my <quote> and <p> tags work the same way anymore?

Re:Hmm.. (1)

bubbl07 (777082) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872845)

TFA doesn't mention anything about how deep it can go.

That's what she said.

Eh? (4, Insightful)

Awptimus Prime (695459) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872051)

Millionaire? This thing cost less than most modern Bass boats, decently equipped pontoons, and less than half what a common cruiser will run you. More than your average Seadoo PWC, but most people who buy them get at least two if not three or four (depending on wealth and the number of kids they have).

Then again, perhaps the millionaire aspect comes into play when it comes time to find someone to repair the craft, as anyone who spends a few hours on the water every week will tell you, anything boat/pwc related has a tendency to demonstrate it's willingness to break down in the worst possible ways at the worst possible times. It's almost as powerful enough of a force, I am beginning to suspect Murphy has a whole set of laws being enforced upon anyone who takes up marine recreation. Anyway, even the millionaires I've met who are into marine craft already know all this and still try to shop for designs which have been around for a few years and closer to the "proven technology" badge instead of pissing away money on completely new designs bound to have many flaws-- that's why they are millionaires and not scratching lottery tickets.

I'd also not really want to run that thing in most US waterways. More than once, I've cracked gel coats on thick fiberglass hulls ramming into surface debris at speeds below 50mph. The last thing I would want is to be sitting behind some plastic windshield and have a pointy chunk of tree collide with it at any speed. Not to mention the stump mazes just a few feet under many managed waterways. It'd be cool in some place like the Bahamas, though.

Re:Eh? (1)

Huntr (951770) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872243)

That's a really good point. Millionaires don't buy $50k Tritons and Rangers. I've seen plenty of guys with a glitter boat and a 350 Super Duty parked in the driveway in front of a trailer, i.e. a mobile home.

Re:Eh? (1)

Awptimus Prime (695459) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872599)

These types are all about investments. For all who aren't familiar with new boats, a $50k bass boat will be worth about $20k in a couple of years. Even if you buy it and lock it in a garage the whole time.

I recall looking at Tritons once, which were proudly displayed outside. Brand new boats. Simply sitting on display for a couple of weeks on nice weather days already caused most to have slightly degraded vibrancy in the gel coats.

Re:Eh? (5, Funny)

WillAdams (45638) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872261)

Boat: A hole in the water into which one throws money.

Professor Calculus plagiated (4, Interesting)

mmu_man (107529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872071)

Tintin had this decades ago!
http://www.sur-la-toile.com/images/articles/ben_1113361162.jpg ;)
Once again Herge was visionary :)

Re:Professor Calculus plagiated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872741)

So did Robbedoes en Kwabbernoot (don't know what they were called in French): http://www.puikjes.net/Robbedoes&Kwabbernoot/Robbedoes9.htm

Re:Professor Calculus plagiated (1)

oever (233119) | more than 6 years ago | (#24873147)

No, he used a shark shaped sub [marktplaats.nl] (before the invention of the laser).

Old design.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872105)

The model is just a copy of Herge's Tintin Adventures comic book series...

SeaQuest (1)

JKSN17 (956518) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872113)

Looking at the image, immediately reminded me of an episode of SeaQuest. I think it was called the "Stinger."

Better model would've been a shark (2, Insightful)

Centurix (249778) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872153)

At least I could install the frickin' laser myself.

Military Applications? (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872195)

The SEALs are always looking for new ways of infiltrating by sea. I wonder if a suped up version of this wouldn't be able to make a fast approach but also mimic the motion of a dolphin (or whale) enough to throw off a countries' various defenses. A two-person sub should be able to carry one SEAL and his gear, without having to worry about the freezing water temp, dive weights, oxygen tanks, etc. And, of course, they would have to mount fricken lasers.

Eh? (3, Funny)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872209)

My boring mate thinks this is a dull-fing...he can't see any porpoise to it at all!

Wrong quote reference... (1)

psiberia (1319911) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872223)

It was "sharks with friking laser beams attached to their heads"...

Seen it! (1)

McFortner (881162) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872233)

So what's so new and revolutionary about this? The Wesley (Lucas Wolenczak) on seaQuest DSV made one just like this. Old news....

Neat (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872259)

This has been seen on Discovery channel repeats for at least two years. Still cool though.

Re:Neat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872823)

Try 10 years

007? (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872301)

Maybe this will show up in the next James Bond movie?

So long (1)

barocco (1168573) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872317)

So long and thanks for all the fish...

Reminds me of SeaQuest (1)

LavaIce (1357483) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872373)

This reminds me of the show SeaQuest on SciFi. The only thing that's really different is that the mini-subs they had were much faster and the initial ones were single seaters. It's closer to the one that they competition to Lucas has than the one he was making however.

Please... (0, Offtopic)

MistrBlank (1183469) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872379)

I signed up... can I please have a method for turning off entire sections of Slashdot.

Re:Please... (2, Informative)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872561)

Go to 'Help and Preferences' at the top left of the main page, then where it says 'Your preferences' (right hand side), go to 'Sections'. There you can set what sections you want displayed and what priority you want them to have. The first option (crossed through circle) will remove a section completely. Hope this helps, Smivs.

We speak differently out at sea. (1)

kiehlster (844523) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872381)

The Seabreacher has a top speed of 39.1 knots above the waves and 17.4 knots below them. There fixed that for ya.

Old news even by Slashdot standards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24872459)

I've been reading about these guys for ten years now and they've been working on it and promoting it a hell of a lot longer than that. As zaporware goes this thing has Duke Nuke Em Forever beat all to hell. They've had a bunch of working prototypes but never quite seem to release a commercial one. A little like Moller. It sounds impressive but they don't appear to have the resources to actually turn it into a commercial product. They're really good at getting press and keeping the name out there but I doubt you'll be seeing them for sale any time soon.

Why aren't we all millionaries? (3, Informative)

hoofinasia (1234460) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872581)

Because we can all think of how to spend a million, but the rich ones only think of how to make a million.

Group of Dolphin Subs... (3, Funny)

samcan (1349105) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872607)

But can you make a Beowulf cluster?

That thing is OLD! (2, Insightful)

PottedMeat (1158195) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872627)

I saw this thing in a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog like 10 years ago! Surely there is more impressive tech to cover, even in Idle, than this.

PM

Quote.. (1)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872707)

We're gonna need a bigger dolphin.

Submarine my ass (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872797)

This thing is no more a "submarine" than the ones at Disneyland. It's just a boat that can get itself partially underwater (the snorkel has to remain exposed) by maneuvering with its fins. It is always positively buoyant -- no ballast tanks -- and if it loses speed it simply bobs to the surface.

rj

Welcome to the Nineties! (3, Funny)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 6 years ago | (#24872909)

This is so old the dolphin has died of arthritis: http://fast-world.com/index.php/Interesting/Dolphin-Submarine.html [fast-world.com]

Why not show a few newer pictures: http://www.bionicdolphin.com/cms/ [bionicdolphin.com]

http://www.gizmag.com/go/4095/ [gizmag.com]

Jeez, compared to the news this part of Slashdot is even more outrageous.

Modern Marvels (1)

Viper007Bond (1356491) | more than 6 years ago | (#24873049)

This was actually on an episode of Modern Marvels (or similiar) quite a while back (some multi-subject episode). Very interesting to see how it worked (a lot like a jet ski) and how it handled.

1 or 2 decades old? (0)

olddotter (638430) | more than 6 years ago | (#24873201)

I remember seeing this on "Real People" or "60 Minutes" or some similar show in the 1980's or 1990's. Along with the story that a guy from the mid-east wanted to buy the prototype for six figures cash in a briefcase. They didn't sell for fear it would be used for terrorism.
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