The Brooklyn Atlantis project has created an aquatic robotic vehicle that collects environmental data on the Gowanus Canal
Perfect use for robotics! Their website needs some improvements to make the tagging experience more meaningful with respect to sensor levels measured. I am thinking that this design is simple enough to modify for some of my other projects like an offboad r/c craft that can carry a camera to extend ORV Algalita’s sensor range or possibly use this as a model for a TODLER prototype (https://vamfun.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/proposed-towed-ocean-debris-location-and-evaluation-robot-todler/).
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