Built by a team of engineering undergraduates from Singapore, the robotic vessel dubbed Coconut Pi uses both the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
The $35 credit-card-sized computer, designed for hobbyists, developers, and students, is a basically a small motherboard outfitted with its own CPU and a variety of ports.
With its ability to stay at sea for weeks on end, carry loads of instruments, and travel four times faster than its predecessors, this is not your grandmother's autonomous underwater bot.
Extra thrust gives this autonomous underwater vehicle the ability to hover in one place despite ocean currents or nosy aquatic life.
One contender for that task is the Transphibian, a 3-foot-long autonomous underwater vehicle from Nekton Research.
Researchers are taking cues from the bluegill sunfish to build a mechanical fin that could one day be used on a more advanced robotic submarine.
The Roomba and PackBot manufacturer secures exclusive rights to develop an autonomous underwater vehicle for commercial use.
The early results are in. For the third year running, the University of Florida has the No. 1 underwater autonomous vehicle.
$10 million Nekton Research acquisition will grow unmanned underwater vehicles product line and contract revenue, iRobot says.