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Slideshow: Next-Gen Wave Glider Robot Propelled by Solar

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RHar
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RHar   5/8/2013 9:18:36 AM
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I was also very curious about how they converted wave motion into propulsion and couldn't wait for the answer. I found it on Liquid Robotics' website.

http://www.liquidr.com/technology/wave-motion.html

Very slick.

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Tied together with a bow
CLMcDade   5/8/2013 9:43:04 AM
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Ann,

Nice follow up story.  It is interesting to see how they are evolving their design and use of solar energy.

One of the things I really like about your columns is that when relevant or useful, you reference past articles, bringing expanded insight to the current article or updating the information that the old one provided with new developments.  And you provide links to make reading further easy.

When reading columns in Design News or on other sites, I often find that I remember previously reading a related article that has relevance to the current one, but don't have the time (or the organization) to go and find it on my own. You usually do that for us, and it is appreciated.

Thanks for your efforts.

Clinton

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Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2013 1:12:26 PM
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Debera, we've done a couple of slideshows that include unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Here are the links if you're interested in finding out more: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=262528 http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=246206

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Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2013 1:17:34 PM
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Clinton, thanks for the kind words. Putting these robot slideshows together is a lot of fun (as well as a lot of work). I also try to give some context to our readers, since, as a reader myself, I have the same frustrations when that's missing. Glad to hear this effort is useful.

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Debera Harward   5/8/2013 1:22:09 PM
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Yes Anandy You are correct these robots can be used by navy in their missions, Secondly they can be very important asset in getting soil ,underwater and earths crust information. With all these information one can take precautionary measures if god forbidds some natural disaster comes into notice

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Rob Spiegel   5/8/2013 1:47:14 PM
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Good point, Chuck. I alslo wonder if the device is built to withstand rough seas. That might provide a bit too much energy.

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Next -Gen Wave Glider Robot
bobjengr   5/8/2013 4:13:26 PM
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Very informative.  I had no idea this technology existed.  I did look on their web site but did not see any information as to how the robot was guided.   Do you know what steering mechanism is used to get from point"A" to point "B"?  Excellent Post Ann.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2013 7:03:50 PM
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bobjengr, there's a brief discussion about propulsion on their website, which RHar helpfully posted below. Here's the link again: http://www.liquidr.com/technology/wave-motion.html

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Charles Murray   5/8/2013 7:38:12 PM
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I would think that really powerful waves could provide more energy than this robot can handle, Rob.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/9/2013 12:07:37 PM
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When I first heard of the Wave Glider, its propulsion system was what intrigued me the most. Thanks for posting that link, RHar. the company has put a bit more info online about how this works than when I first wrote about it last year. In any case, it struck me as one of those "why didn't someone else already think of it?" obvious-in-hindsight inventions.

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