Ego, the personal submarine.
If you’ve ever wanted to explore the ocean for hours at your leisure without anyone but yourself manning the controls, the “Ego” may just be your chance. Designed by Korean company Raonhaje, Ego is the first compact semi-submarine. It’s technically a semi-submarine because it doesn’t actually dive down into the ocean. Instead, it’s designed to float, so to speak, just under the surface of the water. The deck of the Ego acts as a buoy, keeping it at sea-level. Sure, this may not be as exciting as plummeting deep down under water and exploring, but that would also require a special license. The Ego, which operates much like a car with a foot pedal and steering wheel, can be used by anyone – no special certification required. And while it’s technically compact, the two-seater model provides more than enough room to comfortably cruise around on a battery charge that lasts between four and eight hours, depending on the speed. Moreover, Ego’s specialized electric design allows it to enter protected marine environments. So forget picnicking seaside, take your next afternoon jaunt underwater.