I’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!
Implementing telepresence is not a simple task but in my option the biggest hurdle is empowering users with the ability to fully communicate, in the way the is most natural to the user. In this article on implementing telepresence I’m going to focus on methods of communication, reasons for communication and some lessons learned setting up communication pathways. Continue reading
For the telepresence junkies out there (as much as tens of people) you’re in luck. At this moment there are not one but two vessels streaming live video from a remotely operated underwater vehicle via satellite back to shore for public viewing over the internet. 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 do say so myself.
For the next 2 weeks the Okeanos Explorer will be off the coast of Virginia testing the a new ROV, as of now unnamed. There’s still a lot of work left to do but it’s an exciting time for those who are part of the build project. It’s an engineering cruise so there is no set dive schedule like in cruises past but if you want to see what’s happening you can take a look at the live feed from the Okeanos on NOAA’s OceanExplorer website. If you’re one of those that like to fast-foward to the chase scene, you may want to follow the @OkeanosExplorer Twitter feed. I will try to tweet just prior to each launch/recovery or whenever something cool happens. The cruise lasts until June 6th, enjoy!