Shopping for a personal submarine?
Photo: U-Boat Worx
Truly a James Bondian contraption. The C-Quester 1 is a personal submersible. And like in a real sub, you don't need a diving suit to ride it. You stay dry and pilot the thing from inside an acrylic dome.
The sub's three electric motors can propel it to 2.5 to 3 nautical miles per hour, and you can descend as far as 50 meters. It has a computer that monitors carbon dioxide concentration, air pressure, and temperature. It's got air conditioner, too.
The C-Quester 1, made by U-Boat Worx of Breda, Netherlands, was part of Spectrum's annual roundup of gadgets and gizmos for the holidays.
OK, not a robot but pretty cool, uh? Not so cool is the price tag. The C-Quester 1 costs about US $130 000, plus taxes, import duties, and registration fees.