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Sunday, October 13, 2013

New Robotics

UAV incorporating new and
unique Ashima flight control software
The world of robotics is taking a move toward smaller, less expensive and affordable. Whether it's the exciting new world of ultralight arial vehicles (UAV's) at Ashima Devices, which takes their inspiration from robotics designed from space flight and applies them to affordable commercial and industrial applications or it's OpenROV (video below) that takes the average person down 1,000 feet underwater in a Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV). 

Both Ashima Devices and OpenROV (completely separate companies with separate visions) began with curiosity and private initiatives. By comparison, consider Apple Computer's genesis in a garage and you're on the mark. They are are examples of world-changing robotics that are affordable.


The world is not getting smaller, exploration is becoming affordable to everyone, not just those who are funded by big government money. Curiosity is being rewarded by affordability.  And it's exciting.
OpenROV's deep sea exporer

There is just about nothing more fun to me than strapping on SCUBA and going diving. But the human body has limitations in personal explorations. With this new robotic device, the ROV's put literally anyone with $850 in the position to go anywhere underwater up to 1,000 feet in depth, anywhere on the planet.

Bored with fishing? Kick the ROV over the side and see for yourself what's going on down there. It's one of those things that young men and women can do to become aquanauts in their local lakes, littoral oceans or rivers.


9 comments:

  1. "...the biggest issue, is human apathy..." So true.

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    1. I understand that the president's famous line is "you didn't build that". Sadly for him, most real achievements are made by individuals who "build that" and change the world. They are not the multi-generational welfare recipients and eaters of other men's bread...therefore the are unlikely to be Democratic Party faithful -- and are thus insignificant in the present political reality.

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  2. It is exciting to see the world's innovators at work.

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    1. It's like dipping your mind into the future and realizing that no matter how screwed up things are -- there are endless possibilities.

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  3. Sounds like it would be a great (clear water) search vehicle(s).

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    1. Having dived in obscured water (muddy/filthy/third world harbors) professionally, I can suggest that it's very difficult to do whether there are robot eyes or human eyes looking around.

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  4. Interesting tech at a low level, but still damn impressive...

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    1. It's not US Navy tech...but it's not operating at a multi million dollar budget.

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  5. I got spoiled when I dove in the Caribbean, nothing like it here in Upstate NY.

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