Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MIMO field test photos

Some photos from our field testing of the MIMO system on Monday. A glorious day out on Delaware Bay and both AUV and MIMO performed well.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Underwater Robot Powered By Ocean's Thermal Energy

April 10, 2010 11:26 AM
by Soulskill

Underwater Robot Powered By Ocean's Thermal Energy

separsons writes "A team of scientists recently created the world's first underwater robotic vehicle powered entirely by renewable, ocean thermal energy. Researchers from NASA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the US Navy developed Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal RECharging (SOLO-TREC), an autonomous robot that runs on a thermal recharging engine. The engine derives power from the natural temperature differences found at varying ocean depths. SOLO-TREC produces about 1.7 watts of power each dive, enough to juice the robot's science instruments, GPS receiver, communication device and buoyancy control pump. SOLO-TREC is poised to revolutionize ocean monitoring; previous robots could only spend a limited amount of time underwater because of depleting power sources. SOLO-TREC can stay beneath the surface of the waves for indefinite amounts of time. Based on SOLO-TREC's success, NASA and the US Navy plan to incorporate thermal recharging engines in next-generation submersibles."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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Friday, April 9, 2010

iPad apps

The new iPad is proving to be a great and versatile device. Already been using it in class and with many new ideas of how it can be used in field operations (weather awareness, mapping, planning, support). As it write this from the iPad I find the on screen keyboard is not too bad, Bluetooth pairing to a regular keyboard is superior but for mobile productivity it is not bad. Lots of great dedicated apps and of course all the regular iPod apps work and super sizing them is usually ok just a bit pixelated. The ipads definitely are fast. Some great apps already for teaching and research include weather bug, star walk, google earth, inavx (only classic). More to come...

Monday, April 5, 2010

iPads arrive

Should probably have the 10 commandments on these...
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