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Robot Collects Storm Data During Hurricane Isaac
9/6/2012

A graphic shows wind speed data from Hurricane Isaac recorded by a Wave Glider robot in the Gulf of Mexico during the storm. The Wave Glider, developed by Liquid Robotics and launched by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a seven-foot-long surfboard with a solar-powered boat propulsion system and sensors to collect oceanographic and weather data. (Source: Liquid Robotics)
A graphic shows wind speed data from Hurricane Isaac recorded by a Wave Glider robot in the Gulf of Mexico during the storm. The Wave Glider, developed by Liquid Robotics and launched by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a seven-foot-long surfboard with a solar-powered boat propulsion system and sensors to collect oceanographic and weather data.
(Source: Liquid Robotics)

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Re: Active tracking system
Design Engineer   9/7/2012 2:43:38 PM
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Jack,

You are correct, this probably would fall into a catagory of projects in which the government ought to be involved.  The question in my mind is "Can a body that changes composition every two years keep the continuity required for a project that might go on for twenty years?".  The record to date is not encouraging without an outside "special interest" group to keep them on point.

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Jack Rupert, PE   9/7/2012 2:20:46 PM
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Design Engineer - While I am generally the first guy want to keep the government out, I wonder if this is one of the few instances where goverment involvement is a good thing.  The primary goal of this is security (from the weather in this case), which is one of the functions of government.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   9/7/2012 1:54:10 PM
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A little Googling showed (what you probably already knew), that Liquid Robotics is VC funded, backed by investors VantagePoint Capital Partners. Guess I'll just have to wait for their IPO-!

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   9/7/2012 1:41:44 PM
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Jim, interesting perspective from someone right there in the heart of the action. I agree with the potential for Wave Glider's adoption by government agencies. So does its manufacturer, Liquid Robotics. Last month the company created a wholly owned federal subsidiary for selling to the US government.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   9/7/2012 1:11:13 PM
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Living in South Florida, we're particularly cognizant of much of the NOAA and National Hurricane Center activities, as they are news-reeled on a regular basis each time a Hurricane meanders across the Atlantic basin. Knowing that both are government funded agencies, and also being somewhat familiar with the predictive technologies they routinely leverage, these waveboard mechanisms may encounter a  surge in agency deployments considering  this one's robust survival and demonstrated capability during/after Isaac.  ( Wonder if we know the Stocker Ticker Symbol-?  )

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   9/7/2012 11:39:46 AM
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The Gulf is one of several locations where NOAA has deployed tsunami tracking devices. According to this NOAA website http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/trackingtsunamis/welcome.html the real-time monitoring systems, called DART, are also deployed in the Pacific and Indian Ocean basins. Wave Glider looks like a good candidate for replacing the buoy/sensor combo currently used.

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Design Engineer   9/7/2012 10:00:16 AM
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Counting on the government to accomplish a long term project correctly is an iffy situation at best.  An organised group of private individuals with a common intrest gives you a better chance of long term continuity of goals.  Including lobying for government fundig where applicable.

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Isaac's path
rv7charlie   9/7/2012 9:16:40 AM
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I'd just like to point out that the storm also hit (and I quote a major 'news' agency) "that land mass between Louisianna and Alabama" (also known as Mississippi).

 

Charlie

Beth Stackpole
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Beth Stackpole   9/7/2012 7:08:06 AM
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Great idea, but good luck getting government funding in this political climate. It would be a natural addition to systems already put in place to track tsunamis, say, outside of Hawaii, or monitoring the water heights near the levees in New Orleans.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   9/6/2012 8:07:16 PM
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I agree, Naperlou. Seems like this would be a good complement to what already exists out there.

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