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.
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.
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.