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Oceangoing drones make underwater inspections cheaper and easier

TriPod Finder battles Chinese rivals with tool for checking dams and cables

The TriPod Finder, developed by Tsukuba University startup Ambient Intelligence Technologies Lab, can operate at depths of up to 300 meters and up to four hours on a single charge.

TOKYO -- A startup at a Japanese university is developing underwater drones that promise to make submarine surveys cheaper and easier than those performed by larger, conventional vehicles. Its deep-diving machine will also reach customers that manufacturers in China and the U.S. have missed.

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