The SeaPerch competition is sponsored the Office of Naval Research. It challenges students to build and work with aquatic ROVs. This new version is smaller and easier to build.
Need to dive deep underwater? Try the VideoRay ROV. It can go as deep as 300 meters. The tethered robot has three motors. Two handle horizontal movement. The other moves the neutral buoyant robot up and down.
Allied Drones has a heavy lift octocopter. One payload is ground robot. It is designed to drop off its partner and pick it up later. The electric copter cannot loiter as long as the ground robot but together they can cover a lot of ground.
Kairos Autonomi's Pronto 4 can be installed in most vehicles in minutes. It is a quick install version of Kairos' tried and true vehicle robot conversion kits.
DRS Technologies demonstrated a pair of robots designed to follow soldiers in the field or each other. The robots have quick change payloads that can even include stretchers.
Bird Aerospace likes to make a bang. It's UAV comes in a shell that explodes and lifts itself into the sky where a smaller explosion opens the case and ejects the UAV that unfolds and starts flying.
Technology Editor Bill Wong shows off a few robotic picks at AUVSI 2013. They fly, roll or swim. There is more to come but these highlight the wide range of autonomous and remotely operated vehicles (ROV).
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