News Articles with Category: Sensors

Teledyne Marine Plays Key Role Onboard IVER AUVs

November 9, 2016 - via Teledyne Marine The Teledyne Marine companies have been dedicated partners for several years; we’ve absolutely helped each other reach new levels of performance

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Co.L.Mar adapts pipeline leak detector for AUVs

November 9, 2016 - via Co.L.Mar For this project, Co.L.Mar developed a second-generation version of the equipment which can part-process data during inspection in real time, as opposed to merely delivering recorded data, and also generate a real-time leak probability parameter.

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OFG supplies Self-Compensating Magnetometer (SCM) system for NTNU research 

October 11, 2016 - via OFG Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG) offers the only Self-Compensating Magnetometer (SCM) system that can operate with the sensor mounted inside an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to acquire high resolution, high quality magnetic data that is automatically compensated and corrected to remove the effects of the vehicle on the magnetic data.

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2G Robotics Providing Exclusive Preview of New Underwater Laser System at EIVA

September 9, 2016 - via 2G Robotics With a cutting-edge high sensitivity, low noise sensor, the ULS-500 PRO can reach ranges previously unattainable with laser scanning, resolving fine-scale dimensional features from distances as far as 20 metres. The ULS-500 PRO also provides stills imaging capabilities. 2G Robotics’ stills imaging camera and smart subsea light can attach to the ULS-500 PRO to seamlessly capture still images between laser profiles.

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Kraken and Tritech Launch Correlation Velocity Log

August 4, 2015 - via Kraken Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Tritech will sell the Kraken-developed CVL, AquaTrak(TM), under the Tritech name and branding, through their international network.

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ASU expertise results in faster, portable microbial analysis in the field

May 22, 2015 - via Arizona State University The ddPCR Bioanalytical Field Instrument is a highly miniaturized microbial analysis machine that allows researchers to do things such as detect microbes in water, soil and the upper atmosphere – while still on-site, without having to take samples back to a lab

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2G Robotics' ULS-500 Underwater Laser Scanner Now Interfaced with QINSy

April 28, 2015 - via 2G Robotics The ULS-500 underwater laser scanner is now compatible with the QPS hydrographic data acquisition, navigation, and processing software, QINSy.

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KUTI Delivers First Vehicle with RSI Turbulence Sensor

April 22, 2015 - via Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc This new Seaglider with the RSI sensor will allow us to map ocean turbulence and mixing rates over much wider areas than possible with a traditional microstructure profiler

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Kraken Introduces AquaTrak(TM) Correlation Velocity Log

April 15, 2015 - via Kraken AquaTrak(TM) Uses Advanced Acoustic Correlation and Synthetic Aperture SonaR Signal Processing to Provide Superior Performance Over Conventional Sensors

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Memorial University Spins off New R&D Companies

April 10, 2015 - via Memorial University The camera application has the potential to be a game-changer in cold, harsh and ice-prone environments like the Arctic, allowing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to remain underneath ice, docking on the seafloor to recharge, greatly extending their operational range.

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Mapping the Abyss with AUV Photography

April 9, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre A new photographic processing technique developed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (UK), used a camera on the Autosub6000 AUV to enable them to take a continuous stream of high resolution photographs of life on the sea floor.

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Special Notice: Sonar and Other Underwater Sensing Technology

March 24, 2015 - via Sandia National Laboratories Sandia seeks to collaborate with a company or companies interested in partnering opportunities leading to new applications of advanced algorithm technology for underwater vehicles.

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VIMS develops underwater robot to assist in oil-spill cleanup

March 16, 2015 - via Virginia Institute of Marine Science Team gauges the thickness of a slick by emitting sound waves from below—waves that reflect off the density boundaries between water and oil, oil and air, or oil and ice. Measuring the slight delay between the reception of these reflected echoes allows the vehicle’s software to gauge the thickness of surface and below-ice oil slicks at very fine resolution

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SubC introduces new 3D Camera

February 15, 2015 - via SubC This camera has the ability to produce SD, 3D-SD, HD and 3D-HD video along with Digital stills.

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New SeeStar camera system allows researchers to monitor the depths without sinking the budget

February 2, 2015 - via Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute In designing SeeStar, Kecy worked closely with Mechanical Engineer François Cazenave and Software Engineer Mike Risi. They ended up with a system that costs just under $3,000 in parts, but can operate as deep as 300 meters (almost 1,000 feet) for months at a time.

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UK scientists develop AUV imaging technology to assess seabed ecology

January 13, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre By using a camera on the Autosub6000 AUV to take a continuous stream of high resolution photographs of life on the sea floor, this new method revealed a tenfold increase in the precision of deepsea ecosystem diversity estimates relative to the use of scientific trawling.

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NOC Takes Part in Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

September 5, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre Very small in size, it is based on a microfluidic design, which requires very small volumes of seawater to generate a reading. It is also being designed as an autonomous system able to operate on a number of oceanographic platforms and down to depths of several thousand metres.

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Small yet Accurate SVP Launched

July 7, 2014 - via Valeport Valeport’s UV-SVP (Underwater Vehicle – Sound Velocity Profiler) is based on the company’s miniSVS and offers a form factor designed for underwater vehicles where space is at a premium.

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Kildare company Cathx Ocean to create 50 jobs following US deal

May 7, 2014 - via Cathx Ocean The Cathx M12 imaging system aboard the AUV extracts information in real-time from the underwater images it collects and uses it to provide critical decision-making data to the AUV

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New system lets submarines see up through water's surface

May 5, 2014 - via Technion-Israel Institute of Technology The scientists believe that it could have other applications, such as on marine biology research platforms in which cameras need to see both above and below the surface.

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Good Practice Guide for Underwater Noise Measurement Introduced

April 25, 2014 - via Marine Scotland Although this Good Practice Guide is not intended as a standard, these guidelines address the need for a common approach, and the desire to promote best practice.

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NOC Licences RSI for Probe Guard Manufacturing

March 27, 2014 - via Rockland Scientific International, The probe guard is designed to protect RSI’s MicroRider turbulence sensor probes, particularly when deployed on ocean gliders, whilst minimising flow disturbance around the sensor probes.

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Teledyne RDI 2014 Academic Grant

March 19, 2014 - via Teledyne RD Instruments We are once again pleased to offer the academic oceanographic community the opportunity to utilize these tools free of charge for a near-term deployment via Teledyne RDI’s Academic Product Grant. Your project can include ADCPs, CTDs, or a combination of the two technologies.

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New Product: Ekinox Subsea Series

February 3, 2014 - via SBG Systems SBG Systems releases the Ekinox Subsea Series at SUBSEA EXPO (UK). Ekinox Subsea Series is a product family of survey-grade inertial systems designed for underwater applications – up to 6,000m.

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Underwater Mass Spectrometer from SRI International Successfully Integrates with Bluefin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

December 11, 2013 - via SRI International The true value of underwater mass spectrometers is the ability to achieve continuous measurement of volatile gases, light hydrocarbons, and organic compounds.

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Leak detection system extended to AUV inspections

November 12, 2013 - via Co.L.Mar This spring, the company completed the first ALD prototype for installation on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), with successful trials in a test pool and at sea.

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Successful Subsea Laser Scanner Demonstration by C & C Technologies

November 1, 2013 - via 2G Robotics ULS-500 Profiler mounted inside the Kongsberg Hugin AUV.

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ELTG Inertial Aerosystems Introduces New Surface Mount Accelerometer

October 9, 2013 - via ETLG ETLG Inertial Aerosystems has developed the sensor in ranges from 2g to 200g FS. It aims to market the accelerometer to down hole tools, unmanned vehicle inertial navigation, tilt and position and seismic applications.

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The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

October 8, 2013 - via XPRIZE The Challenge: Improve Our Understanding of Ocean Acidification

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Navy researchers choose underwater glider UUV sensors from AML Oceanographic

September 13, 2013 - via Naval Postgraduate School Monterey This purchase upcoming sensor purchase from AML is for the replacement of advanced oceanographic environmental sensors for the autonomous gliders.

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Stanford-affiliated sea-faring robot searches for toxic algae in Puget Sound

August 26, 2013 - via Stanford A robotic sensor placed in Puget Sound searches for signs of toxic algae and bacteria that contaminate seafood. A successful test run of the Stanford-affiliated project could lead to a network of robots patrolling the area, providing early warnings that could save millions of dollars annually.

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Social robots see smell

August 13, 2013 - via Northeastern University To do so, he needs electronic devices that can sense chemical inputs, such as explosives. His idea is to integrate various microelectronic sensors that can interface with living cells.

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Special Operations Command looking for next-gen underwater navigation instruments

August 2, 2013 - via SOCOM SOCOM this week issued a sources-sought notice (Replacement_Doppler_Velocity_Log) to acquire drop-in replacement Doppler velocity log (DVL) with MIL-STD-1553B-2013 using the latest technology. The DVL shall be integrated with an OCTANS 1000 gyrocompass and a pressure sensor.

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Epson Announces Two New Inertial Measurement Units For Demanding Unmanned And Industrial Applications

July 30, 2013 - via Epson “The M-G352 and M-G362 IMUs were designed specifically for customers with applications requiring extremely high sensitivity and accuracy,”

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Using fish to design better underwater robots

June 13, 2013 - via Bowling Green State University For the past two years the team has been trying to figure out how specific sensory capabilities in fish can be transferred to state-of-the-art sensory technology that can be applied to creating superior sensors for military and civilian applications with AUVs.

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Organic Sensors Increase Light Sensitivity of Cameras

March 18, 2013 - via Nasa Tech Briefs They consist of electrically conductive plastics, which are sprayed on to the sensor surface in an ultra-thin layer.

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Jellyfish blooms pulse cyclically through time

February 19, 2013 - via MBARI Haddock also hopes to secure funds to attach a SCPI camera onto one of MBARI's autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), to collect continuous records of jellies and other animals at various ocean depths.

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Fish-like sensors act as eyes and ears of robot subs

January 28, 2013 - via Engineering and Technology Magazine Engineers at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore have prototyped the sensors, which use a combination of computer vision and water pressure technology to create a 3D image of their surroundings

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Kraken Secures Government of Canada Funding to Support Development of Acoustic Velocity Sensor

January 21, 2013 - via Kraken Sonar Systems The funding will be applied to the development of AquaTrak™ - a new Correlation Velocity Log (CVL) designed for underwater navigation. AquaTrak™ will be used to measure the speed over ground of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and can also be used for high resolution current profiling.

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4D Light Field Imaging System Using Programmable Aperture

December 18, 2012 - via NASA Tech Briefs This system would be useful for inspections and surgeries, as well as in any stereo imaging system using two cameras.

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NTU's 'sense-ational' invention helps underwater vessels navigate with ease

December 12, 2012 - via Nanyang Technological University "To mimic nature, our team created microscopic sensory pillars wrapped in hydrogel -- a material which is similar to the natural neuromasts of the blind cave fish -- into an array of two rows of five sensors," Prof Miao said. "This array of micro-sensors will then allow AUVs to locate, identify, and classify obstacles and objects in water through water pressure and also to optimise its movement in water by sensing the water flow."

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2G Robotics Launches New Mid-Range ULS-200 System

November 13, 2012 - via 2G Robotics The ULS-200 ideal scan range is between 0.25m and 2.5m. This longer scanning range makes the ULS-200 relevant to a more extensive range of applications.

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Effect of Range on Underwater Laser Scanners

October 23, 2012 - via 2G Robotics By implementing filtering, which require longer scan times, point cloud data noise similar to that at 3m can be achieved at the 9m range.

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OceanServer Qualifies Marine Magnetics Explorer Magnetometer

October 15, 2012 - via OceanServer Pairing this powerful sensor with the Iver2 AUV provides users with a powerful new survey approach for collecting magnetic data.

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Precise underwater navigation with sonar is aim of Navy research contract to Penn State

October 7, 2012 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics Navigation and Timekeeping Technology program seeks to develop a small, portable quantum physics-based gravimeter/accelerometer for underwater navigation application; a bathymetric underwater navigation device by sonar and light detection and ranging (lidar); and precise navigation in littoral sub-surface and surface navigation using various sensors such as sonar, radar, and lidar.

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Oceanographers Plan to Weight the Ocean

September 7, 2012 - via Subsea World News This is a challenging goal. The pressure changes are smaller than the background pressure by a factor of about 10 million, and the deep ocean is a hostile environment for mechanical components with erosion and high pressures.

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Space technology could benefit subsea oil and gas exploration

September 6, 2012 - via The Engineer Technology originally designed to measure gravity in space is being adapted for use in oil and gas exploration.

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MIT Alum Captures the World Record-Setting, Highest-Resolution Underwater Image [Video]

July 9, 2012 - via BostInno The Institute can also lay claim to a new robotic, 3D camera system responsible for taking “the world record-setting, highest-resolution underwater image”.

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G-880AUV Integration with Teledyne Gavia AUV

July 6, 2012 - via Geometrics Weston Solutions, The University of Delaware and Geometrics recently participated in a project to install and operate a magnetometer in a Teledyne Gavia AUV to locate underwater UXOs.

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DARPA seeks to wean smart weapons off GPS with hybrid inertial navigation system-on-a-chip

April 18, 2012 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics Navigation and guidance experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are trying to reduce the military's reliance on Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite guidance for advanced munitions, mid- and long-range missiles, and other weapons by creating a navigation-system-on-a-chip that combines traditional and atomic inertial guidance technology.

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Bluefin Receives Subcontract Award for Phase II of DARPA’s Deep Sea Operations Program

February 28, 2012 - via Bluefin Robotics Bluefin Robotics will assist in developing systems of configurable technology to address Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) surveillance needs over large, operationally relevant areas.

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Cyclops Submersible Fluorometer now available for 6000 meter

February 27, 2012 - via Turner Designs Turner Designs is excited to introduce a 6000 meter version of our very popular Cyclops-7 Submersible Fluorometer.

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AUV Camera Capabilities for Deep-Water Archaeology

February 14, 2012 - via Society for Historical Archeology

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DARPA asks Honeywell to develop common testing for advanced MEMS-based inertial navigation

February 7, 2012 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics Navigation and guidance researchers at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are asking test and measurement experts at the Honeywell Aerospace Microelectronics & Precision Sensors segment in Plymouth, Minn., develop a universal testing platform for advanced miniature gyroscopes under development for smart munitions, ships, vehicles, aircraft, infantry soldiers, and ocean divers.

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New UV Nitrate Sensor for AUV's

November 25, 2011 - via Satlantic The new SUNA Deep has a pressure rating of 2000 m and comes with updated firmware for easy integration with profiling floats, gliders and AUV's.

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Tiny levers, big moves in piezoelectric sensors

November 23, 2011 - via NIST A team of university researchers, aided by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have succeeded in integrating a new, highly efficient piezoelectric material into a silicon microelectromechanical system (MEMS).

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Biomimetic pressure sensors help guide oceangoing vessels

November 9, 2011 - via MIT Lateral lines in fish contain hundreds of tiny pressure and velocity sensors that enable them to navigate through currents and eddies as efficiently as possible. To mimic that ability, MIT researchers have developed inexpensive, sensitive MEMS-based pressure sensors and mounted them on a small experimental vessel in a pattern that replicates the distribution of the lateral lines

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Valeport Advances Subsea Distance Measurement with New Altimeter

October 26, 2011 - via Valeport The VA500 uses a state-of-the-art signal processing system with a 500kHz broadband transducer to provide stable, repeatable readings to a resolution of 1mm over a range of 0.1m-100m. The system takes a significant step forward in performance for a 500KHz altimeter.

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Princeton Security Technologies Continues Strong Performance in August With Sales of Radiation Isotope Identifiers Leading the Way

September 25, 2011 - via Princeton Securities Completion of a custom radiation detection package for iRobot(TM) UUV

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Ocean Shelf-Edge Exchange Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Technology programme timetable

September 21, 2011 - via NERC Sensors on Autonomous Underwater Gliders

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Up From the Seafloor Came a Bubbling Brew

September 6, 2011 - via Ocean News and Technology Scientists use a novel method to measure rate of Deepwater Horizon oil spewing into the Gulf

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Start-up uses military tech for consumers

August 27, 2011 - via New England Business Bulletin Aquabotix will introduce its Aqualens underwater video camera to consumers on Sept. 15 at the popular Newport Boat Show. The integrated camera, which can be extended and manipulated underwater, delivers live video to an LCD display, allowing boaters to investigate safety concerns, find items lost overboard, or just check out the marine life below them.

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Carbon Flux Explorers to trace the ocean’s carbon cycle

August 1, 2011 - via Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Carbon Explorer floats follow ocean currents, yo-yoing back and forth in the first kilometer below the surface of the sea, then resurfacing to report their data and receive new instructions via satellite. Since the early 2000s a dozen Carbon Explorers have produced detailed information on the carbon cycle in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Ocean

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Flexible, Printable 
Sensors Detect Underwater Hazards

July 7, 2011 - via UC San Diego In the past three years we’ve been working on flexible, printable sensors, and the capabilities of our group made it possible to extend these systems for use underwater.

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'Orca ears' inspire Stanford researchers to develop ultrasensitive undersea microphone

June 23, 2011 - via Stanford University Stanford researchers have developed a microphone that can be used at any depth in the ocean, even under crushing pressure, and is sensitive to a wide range of sounds, from a whisper in a library to an explosion of TNT. They modeled their device after the extraordinarily acute hearing of orcas.

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Integrating LISST-HOLO on an AUV

June 23, 2011 - via Sequoia Scientific The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) tested Sequoia’s LISST-­HOLO sensor in April 2011, during a coastal oceanography study in Monterey Bay, California.

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'Lab in a Can' Puts Underwater Worlds in Closer Reach

May 20, 2011 - via National Science Foundation Microbiologists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have developed a machine that uses built-in robotics to study water quality while underwater.

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Princeton Security Technologies Secures Contract for Custom Radiological Sensors for Radiation Tests in the Ocean Outside Japanese Nuclear Crises Area

April 28, 2011 - via Princeton Security Technologies PST received a multi-unit custom design contract from prominent Robot manufacturer for Special Compact Low-Powered Nuclear Isotopic Identifiers used in Japan nuclear crisis.

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Underwater Laser Scanner is optimized for distance, imaging area.

March 16, 2011 - via Thomasnet Enabling surveys and measurements of underwater facilities, M300UW scans up to 9 x 7 ft target area from up to 10 ft away. Point cloud, when utilized with third-party 3D software, enables generation of fully measurable CAD model of scanned area. Resulting output accuracy is up to 0.005 in. Designed to operate in air or water, scanner can work as close as 1.5 ft from target surface and supports use in depths to 320 ft.

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Newton Labs Expands Underwater Laser Scanner Line with a New Model Featuring Extended Distance and Greater Imaging Area

March 9, 2011 - via Newton Labs Time-efficient surveys and precise measurements of larger underwater facilities, from bridge and pier substructures to smaller, submerged piping and valve assemblies are now possible with a new underwater laser scanner, the M300UW developed and manufactured by Newton Labs of Seattle, Washington. The scanner, designed to operate at a longer stand-off distance, produces a point cloud so detailed that when utilized with industry standard three-dimensional software, a fully measurable CAD model of a scanned area can be generated.

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Better than the human eye

January 17, 2011 - via PhysOrg.com Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are the first to develop a curvilinear camera, much like the human eye, with the significant feature of a zoom capability, unlike the human eye.

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Teledyne RD Instruments introduces PAVS-150 Phased Array Velocity Sensor with long range precision navigation capability

January 5, 2011 - via Teledyne RDI Teledyne RD Instruments (RDI) announced today the release of its new Phased Array Velocity Sensor (PAVS) 150 for extended range navigation applications. The PAVS-150 is the industry’s first 1000 meter depth rated compact Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) designed to provide precision velocity data at up to 500 meters of altitude above the seafloor.

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New Custom BlueView Sonar for Tracking and Mapping of Pipelines and Subsea Structures

August 31, 2010 - via BlueView Subsea 7, one of the world's leading subsea engineering and construction companies has chosen BlueView Technologies to provide the acoustic imaging systems for its new line of Autonomous Inspection Vehicles (AIVs)

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West Deer laboratory's device maps submerged oil in Gulf

August 27, 2010 - via PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW A 22-mile-long plume of hydrocarbons floating 3,700 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico -- remnants of the BP oil spill -- was discovered by scientists using an monitoring device developed by a laboratory in West Deer.

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Underwater Laser Scanner now runs on Linux

July 29, 2010 - via 2G Robotics 2G Robotics has developed a set of libraries and a user interface for the Linux operating system. Now when performing high detailed underwater inspections of bridges, dams and other underwater infrastructure users have a choice of operating platform.

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