There’s two reoccurring dreams I used to have as a child, one was the ability to fly and the other was the ability to swim insanely fast. Apparently I’m not the only one with these dreams, as I discovered on a post on Geeky Gadgets. Peter Sripol takes the Aquaman theme seriously and has created wrist worn propellers powered by Arduino that take swimming to an effortless level.
Peter’s underwater footage with the selfie stick is amazing, with or without the cool wrist rockets, as he calls them. As for parts, the star here is the Blue Robotics T100 Thrusters, which are sealed brush-less motors that play well in water. The Arduino looks like a Pro Mini, and of course everything is sealed in a nice waterproof box worn on the belt. Honestly the waterproofing looks like the most difficult part of this build and I think the video proves Peter’s attention to detail paid off. He does mention that his project was inspired by Rulof Maker’s Propellers to the Feet video. So, it may be possible to have all limbs mounted with thrusters! Such a cool project and I do believe this will make my top ten for the year. Do you feel like gliding through the water? We’ve got the Arduino Pro Mini in our shop, but then again, we also have our Pro Trinket which offers the same chip with a couple more pins and a handy USB ready to rock. Take the plunge.
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