As the reporter from Mail Online, where I first ran across this news, says, this new, little, pedal-powered yellow submarine looks like something out of a James Bond film. It also makes me think of those big water bicycles you can pay $10 or something to use on touristy beaches (i.e. in Florida, where I grew up).
This yellow pedal-powered submarine is nicknamed “the Scubster.” The propellers on the sides that make the submarine go are connected to a pedal belt. The submarine can reportedly go “8km an hour (5mph) if its pilot is in good shape, and can reach depths of 6 metres (20 ft).”
“I’ve been up in the air by pedaling, underwater with my bike and now underwater with a submarine,” inventor Stephane Rousson told Reuters.
The submarine is completely sealed, of course, so the driver(?) breathes using a mask and bottle of oxygen.
Rousson is not sure if the pedal-powered submarine will make it to commercial production or not. Nonetheless, he’s into it and is planning to use it for an international submarine race in 2011. Sounds like fun.
I would love to test one out, but not sure what it could be used for beyond recreation.
Pictures of the pedal-powered submarine are on Mail Online.
Image Credit: Nod Young via flickr
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