On January 31, Marymount University’s swimming pool was used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to test an underwater robot with camera. The robot is an OpenROV
model developed as part of an open-source hardware initiative.
The robot can be remotely controlled with a laptop, allowing the operator to see what the robot is looking at in real-time. With additional modifications to the robot, including improved endurance at deeper depths, NOAA is looking to have an inexpensive robotic camera that will have wide-ranging uses in the ocean and other bodies of water. From examining the hull of a ship to finding submersed objects and observing sea life, it would be a boon to scientists, the military, and police, as well as the generally curious and inquiring.