In Part 1 of this series I talked about telepresence; what it is, why it’s worth doing and a glimpse of how to do it. In this article I’m going to dive deeper (couldn’t resist) into what is involved to implement this unique paradigm. I can not stress enough that implementing telepresence takes more than just adding bandwidth and some new widgets. Continue reading
During my years working as the telepresence team lead aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, I never really knew what the ROV was looking at until weeks later when the highlight reel was published. Even though I left NOAA weeks ago the lag period still applied. For anyone who wasn’t watching the live feed in July/August, you might want to take 5 minutes and check out this video. Pretty impressive stuff if I don’t say so myself.
As much as I like software, data, etc it’s fun to dabble in hardware now and again. Recently I got on the Arduino/Rasberry Pi bandwagon. These are a blast to play with but my mostly repressed OCD tendencies have taken issue with the mess of wires and parts dangling across the desk. I had to do something about that, enter a laser cutter.
I just saw this and had to laugh. Take two ocean science newbies, ask them to “launch” the XBT, tell them the X stand for explosive and remember to film the whole event. What you have here is the making of a classic. When you stop laughing and start listening to the marine techs they also provide a great explanation of how an eXpendable BathyThermograph works and how it’s used. Well played Falkor.