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New Year, New OpenVDM Install.

okeanosExplorerI’m happy to report that in a few months OpenVDM will be going onto the ship that inspired it’s creation!  While the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will be the fourth ship to use OpenVDM, this is the first time OpenVDM will be providing ship-wide oceanographic data management services for a U.S. federal vessel.  I’m pretty stoked!


OpenVDM… heading to the Luck Dragon!

imagesI just got the confirmation that next week I’m heading to California to install OpenVDM aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) R/V Falkor! This is not my first time working with SOI and in many ways it represents an endeavor that has come full circle.

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Simplified monitoring of a HD Video Recorder via Arduino

arduinoThe devil truly is in the details.  As part of the Sikuliaq Telepresence System I was asked to include a dual-channel HD video recorder.  I found one I liked but because it is managed via a software application it required having a computer screen present to keeps tabs on the system status.  Well not any more!  Thanks to a little trick monitor and an Arduino anyone can easily see the status of the recorder with just a quick glance.

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Build a Weather-Rated Streaming HD Camera, new design!

A while back I posted an article on building an weather-rated streaming camera out of a GoPro.  My original build worked but since I was under a pretty tight timeline some corners were cut.  I was asked to build two similar packages for the upcoming Sikuliaq Telepresence System and with this revised design I feel I did it right (or at least better). Continue reading

Coming soon to the R/V Endeavor… OpenVDM!

EndeavorI just received a purchase order from the University of Rhode Island to install OpenVDM aboard the R/V Endeavor!  My thanks to Bill Fanning and Erich Gruebel who responded my request for trial vessels.  I hope OpenVDM lives up to their expectations and ultimately helps the R/V Endeavor reach their data management goals.