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Coming from the mist…

...is the glowing Ziphius we’ve just painted in our offices! What do you think?

As part of our bunch of DIY ideas for Ziphius, we’ve come up with a Glowing Ziphius. With some glowing paint, you can make your Ziphius shine more than any other thing!

Just imagine the user experience you would have! In a lake, at night, you could get your Ziphius glowing in the water and have an awesome vision, being Ziphius the only thing to glow in the dark.

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A glowing Ziphius is a great way to celebrate the fact Ziphius finally reached our funding goal on Kickstarter! We can’t thank you enough. 

Ziphius is (still) waiting for you at Kickstarter until… TOMORROW!!! 😉 

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Ziphius goes Pro!

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If you are a frequent reader of our blog you have surely read our post about the GoPro camera as one of Ziphius’ customization options. If not, we’ll break it down for you.

Ziphius teamed up with GoPro and the result was rrrrrrrealy cool. Well, yeah, you might be asking yourself “Doesn’t Ziphius already have a camera?”. Yes it does. But now you can capture images with your GoPro by riding Ziphius and have two cameras for simultaneous multiple footage. There are many water lovers that own a GoPro camera that might want to try it out on the Ziphius. It’s totally possible with a GoPro Mount, just plug it into Ziphius and play. THAT’S RIGHT FOLKS! Endless possibilities!! 🙂

We aim to give you the absolute freedom to choose what’s the best suited Ziphius for you and what you can do to it, according to your personal tastes, needs or interests! If you have more ideas you can comment below to let us now! Once you have a Ziphius you can customize it and send us photos of your transformed drone. 

But for now, BACK US UP! Only 2 days left, crazy.

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Halfway Milestone!

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We are pleased to announce we have passed the halfway mark to our funding goal! To celebrate, we asked ourselves “What can we have Ziphius do that is different?” We already added a ton of new features or updates including;

  • We doubled the onboard memory for all reward levels
  • We built  support for Go-Pro cameras
  • We added a Ziphius “light” version that comes in at only $199.00
  • We created a patriotic “Stars and Stripes” version of Ziphius
  • We engineered a $99.00 DIY edition so you can build your own drone

Whew! We’ve been busy. But we realized Ziphius had still not escaped into the wild blue yonder. Ziphius would need to fly. We thought about it and in the end it was as simple as the house in the Pixar Film, “UP.” BALLOONS! A ton of balloons.

There are a lot of amazing and creative things like this that you can do with Ziphius. We wonder how long until someone builds a Ziphius Blimp with our $99.00 DIY kit! 😉 Check our Kickstarter campaign to find out about all our updates and new rewards. Get yourself the cutest aquatic drone ever 🙂

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Ziphius DIY Edition

Ziphius is an highly customizable aquatic drone. Here at the office, we’ve been coming up with ideas on how you can do modify Ziphius.

Want to also be able to control Ziphius on land? You can attach some wheels to it.

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Owner of a GoPro camera? We attached one to one of our prototypes. 

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As you can see, there are a lot of possibilities. Because of that we’ve just added a new reward for the DIYers/hobbyists on our Kickstarter page. If you have an imaginative mind and are always creating new stuff, this is your chance to make your own HD camera equipped drone (all the electronics included). Get the Ziphius DIY edition for only $99. More info here.  

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Preparation for crowd funding

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As you know, our next big adventure is going to be crowd funding. But some of you may be wondering: what exactly is it?

Crowd funding is the action of collecting money for causes, products or personal projects. When it’s truly sucessful, it gives the creators the opportunity to develop their idea and the supporters to help the cause (and get some sweet goodies). This happened to a lot of projects before, which we’ve been following (one of them, Snapzoom, refered a few posts back).  Ziphius wants to follow that path! To know more about it, click here.

Our campaign will be launched later this month on Kickstarter. 🙂

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Family friendly

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Last week, we took Ziphius to a relaxed atmosphere, the pool, so it could hang out with people. Being a friendly creature, Ziphius gets along pretty well with both children and adults, who had lots of fun playing with it!

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Children are very creative, they can find new ways to play with Ziphius, like using it to drag them in the water. Ziphius proved to have a lot of strenght!

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The team also took the time to record some footage for the crowdfunding video. Exciting times 🙂

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Congrats Snapzoom!

Congrats to Snapzoom and best of luck in the future, which seems veryyyy bright 🙂

Ziphius team met the Snapzoom founders on the Engadget competition in March. After that, Snapzoom entered the crowdfunding world through Kickstarter. On May 26, their campaign had a successful end, raising its funding goal!

We loved to meet Snapzoom at Engadget: it’s innovative and useful. That’s why we’ve been supportive since the beginning. If you’re attentive, you can see that Ziphius is making a little appearance on their Kickstarter page (pay attention to the background).

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Born: Hawaii

Founders: Daniel Fuijikake and Mac Nguyen

What is it? Snapzoom is an universal scope adaptor for smartphones, a thrilling option for every photography lover. This tool works as a connector between your phone camera and the eyepiece of an optical scope, magnifying your view and allowing you to capture subjects that are far away from you. Check their website to know more.

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Looots of code. And colorful sponge balls. Our preparation for the crowdfunding campaign continues…

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Whoa! It’s been a month already…

How time flies…! A month has passed since we won the two Engadget prizes for Ziphius yet it still hasn’t totally sunk in. It was crazy! All the expectation and anxiety until the big announcement, the crew back home closely following the whole event and commenting constantly about it on Facebook. Then, the results were announced, we won and totally went BANANAS! It’s such an achievement and we are really grateful and happy. When Edmundo and Cristina returned to the office we had a big celebration, I mean, we even had Ziphius cookies! And pretty delicious ones at that. Yum!

We’ve been working a lot this past month; Ziphius is still in its infancy but we are putting a lot of effort into make it ready. We’ve been doing a lot of tests with the new prototype, trying to test the zillions of environments and conditions that Ziphius may face when out in the wild. On the software side, we’ve also been improving the quality of the video captured by Ziphius. Plus, we are working to launch our crowd funding campaign at the beginning of next month so keep an eye out for that! 🙂 

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