The average scuba diver reaches depth of around 20-40 metres, though this varies depending on experience, training, equipment etc.
That means there are loads of things just beyond where they can see, deeper than they can reach.
One company, Blueeye Robotics, is attempting to fix that problem by releasing a new ocean drone called Pioneer, reaching depths of 150 metres.
With a stable, HD colour camera, the makers hope to appeal to what they call ‘prosumers’, amateurs with professional equipment.
The main technical issue for the company appears to have been colour control, with red starting to fade the deeper you get, and the undersea world becoming more and more green and blue.
“A custom algorithm was developed to add color back in to photos and video captured by the Pioneer,” said Christine Spiten, co-founder of Blueye Robotics.
“Now the mysterious realm of the ocean will be accessible to anyone with a smartphone, tablet or PC in full HD quality.”
“Accessible to anyone” with $ 3,500 that is, for this piece of kit is hardly cheap. Though that is still just 15pc of what this type of equipment previously cost.
Meanwhile MIT researchers are aiming to develop robots that can both manoeuvre around on land and take to the skies. A team worked on a system of eight quadcopter drones that can fly and drive through a city-like setting with parking spots, no-fly zones, and landing pads.
A team worked on a system of eight quadcopter drones that can fly and drive through a city-like setting with parking spots, no-fly zones, and landing pads.
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