Summary:

What do you get when you combine cleantech, server tech, the internet of things and robotics with a surfboard? The answer can be found in this week’s podcast featuring Liquid Robotics.

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photo: Liquid Robotics

Want to know how many fish there are in the sea? The amount of carbon dioxide in the water in the mid-Pacific? How about getting humpback whales a record deal? These are all projects that Liquid Robotics’ connected, sensor packed robots have undertaken. The company, which makes self-sufficient, autonomous ocean-going robots, has built a sea-faring internet of things. And like all seagoing entities its robots have had their share of shark attacks and are always on the lookout for pirates.

The Wave Glider robots are pretty amazing machines, with a dry box packed full of server gear, solar panels and the original wave-harnessing energy technology all packed onto what used to be surfboard. Add to it, a satellite radio, cellular and some shorter range radios so a fleet of Wave Gliders can create what is essentially a distributed computing platform in the ocean. To learn more about how they work and what they do, check out this week’s podcast with Graham Hine, the SVP of product management for Liquid Robotics.

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Show notes:
Host: Stacey Higginbotham

  • How does an autonomous ocean-going robot work? And why do we need it?
  • Packing computers on surfboards and a year-long trip from California to Australia
  • Shark attack! Also, Pirates.
  • Why robots and the internet of things belong together.

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