The 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.
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
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