The SEAHORSE AUV, developed by Penn State University, is the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command's (www.cnmoc.narg.mil) modular autonomous underwater vehicle that gathers side-scan images of the ocean bottom, ocean current data using acoustic Doppler current profilers, water-column temperature and salinity, and bathymetry. More than 9,000 alkaline D-cell batteries power the AUV to last over 90 hours and more than 300 miles. Based on commercial off-the-shelf technology to simplify maintenance at sea, the SEAHORSE works autonomously.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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