iPad-Controlled Superyacht Puts Your RC Boat to Shame
By Elizabeth Fish
The iPad can control all kinds of devices, from your Apple TV or remote desktop or AR.Drone, to slightly more bizarre things like a robotic prison guard. Given that, it was only a matter of time before someone used it as part of an overall badass project, like the Adastra Superyacht.
The $15 million Adastra Superyacht is a 139-foot-long yacht built by Hong Kong billionaire Anto Marden and yacht designer John Shuttleworth. The boat itself looks futuristic, but the coolest part is that you (or somebody) can control it using an iPad. With the iPad control system, someone can guide the yacht from up to 164 feet away.
We imagine it’s a bit like controlling a toy boat, only it’s friggin’ huge. The chassis of the 47-ton superyacht is made out of carbon fiber, with a glass and Kevlar foam sandwich hull. Adastra can travel at its optimum speed of 17 knots–which is around 20mph–for up to 4,000 miles.
While we don’t know much about what’s onboard, it would be interesting to see what other tech the boat uses. A fully automated wet bar, perhaps?
Visit the designer’s website to check out the full image gallery of the the exterior renderings and the yacht’s first launch into Zhuhai’s Pearl River.