Who: Hugh Fulton (New Zealand)
Innovation: The Q Sub
What does it do?
It's a leisure submarine for the rich and famous, aka an underwater car you keep on your superyacht.
What problem does it solve?
As well as giving the wealthy another way to leisurely spend their time cruising the oceans, the Q Sub could also be used in search and rescue missions. Fulton's personal submarine has viewing windows, setting ti apart from other personal subs already on the market. It can plane on the surface at speeds of up to 40km/hr, and dive to a depth of more than 120m.
The Q Sub was unveiled at the NZ Boat Show in May this year. It'll be undergoing trials soon and from there it will go overseas to be shown off at boat shows in Monaco, Dubai and Miami. Costing about $1.2 million, it's more likely to be something you'll see around the coastal playgrounds of the rich.
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