In my spare time I’ve continued working on an idea that I started when I worked for NOAA aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. I still have a long ways to go but I feel it’s reach a point where I can introduce the project and open the floor for discussion/feedback from the community. Continue reading
Time to get up on the smallest of soapboxes to talk about cabling. It’s not that hard to do correct if you got the right equipment and if done correctly it can save you a bunch of time and prevent an avalanche of frustration. Continue reading
A lot of what I did for NOAA aboard the Okeanos Explorer revolved around collecting and managing high-definition video. Over the years I learned a lot about how to deal with video but I also learned that the video’s real value would not be realized until it was leveraged to serve a purpose. The purpose could have been strictly scientific, like confirming the discovery of a new species or estimating the population of an organism over an area of the seafloor. The purpose could also have been to tell a story. Continue reading
My retirement from working at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research didn’t last as long as I expected but I couldn’t be more excited. For a few months now I’ve been collaborating with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) to help outfit their newly constructed ice-rated research vessel the R/V Sikuliaq. The R/V Sikuliaq is the newest member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and among the numerous innovations she brings to the fleet is the potential for live streaming video and telepresence. I got to visit the ship at the shipyard in Wisconsin right before Christmas. She is impressive and BIG. More details to follow but for now here are some links to information/photos for the vessel.
- R/V Sikuliaq on Facebook
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