An underwater robot has been used to produce the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice.
For years, the BentProp Project has searched the seas off Palau for missing planes shot down by the Japanese. Now the group has access to the latest oceanographic technology, which it used to find two aircraft lost for 70 years.
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.
Built by a team of engineering undergraduates from Singapore, the robotic vessel dubbed Coconut Pi uses both the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
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.
$10 million Nekton Research acquisition will grow unmanned underwater vehicles product line and contract revenue, iRobot says.
The Roomba and PackBot manufacturer secures exclusive rights to develop an autonomous underwater vehicle for commercial use.
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.