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On a New Road

Pacific Crossing (PacX) ChallengeWednesday September 21, 2011
Liquid Robotics' wave gliders are amazingly robust and capable of traveling long distances and staying at sea for a long time. Mostly for the fun of it, we're sending four robots across the Pacific to attempt to travel the longest distance at sea ever completed by an unmanned marine vehicle. They're all going together towards Hawaii and then two are heading to Japan and two are heading to Australia. They'll all be outfitted with a pile of interesting sensors. We're running a contest for marine scientists and students to come up with interesting science that we can do along the way. If you're interested, we'd love to see your entry.

I think having a robot that can travel the ocean's autonomously and seek out the plastic refuse floating around would be great. Figuring out a good way to process that garbage would be the next step. Kind of like a Wall-E of the sea.

Posted by David Kavanagh on September 21, 2011 at 09:00 AM PDT #

I like your idea David :)

Posted by Peter on September 21, 2011 at 03:20 PM PDT #

Trying to feed my imagination: What kind of sensors are on the robot?

Posted by Software development Perth on September 21, 2011 at 10:52 PM PDT #

hi , Hoping for some robotics API from you. Will robots be next best thing after computers and phones?? Lots of robots will be needed in future to do various tasks. Mostly in field of chemical analysis and research- robots are most important for development of humanity(new type of energy sources, agriculture, medicine). I needed a robot to cut grass intelligently(based on vision). -cheers

Posted by anonymous on September 23, 2011 at 02:05 AM PDT #

James - does the robots run java? System.sea.swim(); ?

Posted by Tuck on September 23, 2011 at 01:23 PM PDT #

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