WaterStrider for DJI Phantom 3 and Phantom 4
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WaterStrider is an accessory for your DJI Phantom 3 (all models) and DJI Phantom 4 (Phantom 4 PRO COMING SOON!) that allows you to confidently land on water, snow, sand, rocks, tall grass, sloped surfaces, and variety of other difficult terrain. It was designed to stay out of your camera’s field of view, be ultra lightweight to maximize flight time, durable to protect your drone, and quickly attach and detach from your drone with no special tools. The perfectly balanced center of gravity means you can have confidence when you’re flying through the air. And the high base means your camera stays dry when on the water!
From the Manufacturer
WaterStrider allows you to get unique shots never before possible! Float on the water for an amazing shot, and then transition to a birds eye view seconds later! Whether you’re flying for fun or professionally, WaterStrider will expand your capabilities to help set you work apart.
The wide and long base means you can have confidence landing in water, snow, rocks, sand, tall grass, angled surfaces, and a variety of other difficult terrain. No more dangerous one arm catches! Land (or float) at a distance with confidence!
The extra-wide front pods stay out of the way of your camera’s field of view to help capture those amazing shots. We also took care to stay out of the way of the Vision Positioning System and the obstacle avoidance cameras (Phantom 4).
Careful material selection and advanced engineering analysis allow a remarkably lightweight yet durable product. It also won’t degrade radio signals or break down in sun or fresh/salt/pool water.
As aerospace engineers, we understand the importance of a proper center of gravity, center of buoyancy, and a lightweight solution so your drone stays nimble and performs like you expect!
At DroneRafts, we believe the very best products are created when STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) meets the Arts and forms STEAM! We love bringing creativity, innovation, biomimicry, and a little humor to the analytical mindset we leaned as engineers. We strive to offer people great products through thoughtful design and a balanced mindset.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Enabling your Phantom.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
All three co-founders of DroneRafts love aerospace and new technology, so the drone market was an obvious place to start a new company. After brainstorming a variety of ideas we attended a major drone conference in Las Vegas and talked to as many people as we could. By the end of the conference, it was obvious that our skills lined up with an unmet need, and DroneRafts was born!
What makes your product special?
Waterstrider is the only engineered product that allows your existing Phantom to land on water and other difficult terrains. With a combined 50+ years in aerospace design between the co-founders, you can be assured that we sweat the little details. While you may never even notice them, you will still benefit from our robust design process.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Being an entrepreneur means (almost) never having a boring day. We are constantly faced with unique challenges and must figure out cost-effective ways to deal with them. This makes for an exciting workday with a very steep learning curve!
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Any wind and the thing really rocks to the point that the gimbal won't stabilize it enough to use the footage. Also got a critical power warning which caused the drone to auto land. I'm glad it wasn't in the middle of a lake. The power computer just doesn't understand the extra power required to lift the thing. I had high hopes. Probably useable and does solve many problems, but the rocking in the wind is a problem that will limit its ability. .
I'll give it another try and maybe find a day on a lake with no wind. (almost impossible) I have a project over a very deep lake and i need to have this thing work, and I'm sure it will make the drone float. We will just need to launch it from the water so if it decides to land on the water, we will be able to retrieve it.
Customer support was nonexistent. My Phantom 3 (which operates perfectly) became erratic and unstable with these legs mounted. Yeah... you can land on water just fine with these, but your drone becomes so unpredictable that it is nearly impossible doing anything else with it. Don’t waste your money.
Installation is easy.