The latest seafaring robot from Liquid Robotics got an unveiling this morning. Dubbed the Wave Glider SV3, the mobile, amphibious robot is targeted at the (thoroughly unexciting) usual suspects: big oil, the government, and scientific researchers. Apparently those halcyon days of seeking out Guinness World Records are over. Compared with the previous SV2 model, the latest ship runs faster (2.5 knots top speed), carries more (100 pounds, compared to a paltry 40 in the previous ship), and lasts longer (an additional 40 percent of surface area on the deck allows for many more solar cells). All that extra oomph should allow Liquid Robotics' customers to spend even more time plumbing the Earth's waters for ... well, whatever they'd like. And for the mock G.I. Joe battles that are assuredly taking place with the Wave Glider. Like, come on.
Liquid Robotics Announces Breakthroughs in Unmanned Ocean Observation with Introduction of Wave Glider SV3
Sunnyvale, CA - April 8, 2013
Liquid Robotics today announced the introduction of the Wave Glider® SV3, the world's first hybrid wave and solar propelled unmanned ocean robot. The Wave Glider SV3 incorporates the latest advancements in energy harvesting technology providing the ability to utilize both wave and solar energy for forward propulsion. These innovative propulsion and energy systems will help customers explore portions of the world's oceans in conditions that previously were too challenging or costly to operate. Customers will now have the ability to conduct missions, 24x7, through all weather conditions, across most of the planet to help solve some of the world's critical problems such as global climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries management, hurricane prediction, tsunami warning and exploration for valuable natural resources. The end-to-end ocean data solution provided by Liquid Robotics' new integrated platform provides ocean data collection and processing at the point of collection with real time delivery of critical information to shore. The Wave Glider SV3 can tap into the inexhaustible supply of the planet's wave and solar energy, travel tens of thousands of miles, collect data in the most demanding sea states/conditions (doldrums, high currents, hurricanes/cyclones) and deliver this data in real-time to users around the globe. This capability provides access to new levels of ocean data, more pervasively and more cost effectively than from existing alternatives.
"The SV3 is a tremendous step forward in terms of what we can accomplish in the ocean and gives customers a competitive advantage to capture data in the most challenging ocean conditions," said Bill Vass, CEO, Liquid Robotics. "By providing the ability to deploy Wave Gliders across most of the planet and deliver ocean data in a new and cost-effective way, we're enabling broad access to affordable ocean exploration."
The Wave Glider SV3 leverages the basic design principle of the highly successful Wave Glider SV2 platform, which was introduced in 2009, and has since traveled more than 300,000 nautical miles globally, set a world record for longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle (land or sea), and has been deployed on hundreds of customer missions ranging from the Arctic to Australia, and from the Canary Islands to Loch Ness.
Additional technological advancements introduced in the Wave Glider SV3 are datacenter@sea, adaptable power and storage providing support for power hungry sensors and the introduction of a new, adaptable operating system designed for intelligent autonomy for fleet operations.
"The SV3 enables unparalleled, pervasive collection of data and processing of data," said Roger Hine, CTO and inventor of the Wave Glider. "Riding the advancements in consumer electronics, smart phone, tablet computing and a new generation of extremely capable processors, we are now able to provide processing onboard - actually as powerful as a supercomputer from not long ago. With that computational power and the ability to tirelessly swim across vast oceans, the Wave Glider SV3 represents a big step forward in the state-of-the-art of unmanned monitoring and exploration."
The Wave Glider SV Series: SV2 and SV3
The Wave Glider SV Series represents the next generation of Wave Glider technology and includes the Wave Glider SV2 with a compatible growth path to the high-end Wave Glider SV3. Customers now can choose the Wave Glider that best fits their mission and budgetary requirements, or mix and match for complex operations.
The Wave Glider SV Series is available for sale today with deliveries of the Wave Glider SV3 beginning in Q3 of 2013. For a limited time, Liquid Robotics is offering a Wave Glider SV3 sales incentive program as well as a Wave Glider buyback program. For more information on both these opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SV3: Hybrid Propulsion. Adaptable Power. Datacenter@sea.
Hybrid Propulsion System: Wave-powered and solar energy storage with an auxiliary, vectored thruster for extra speed to address high currents, doldrums or to quickly accommodate changes in mission operations.
Adaptable Modular Power System: Large, flexible power system design able to accommodate the most "power hungry" payloads (e.g., sonar, bathymetry, image analysis) and multiple sensors. Allows generation of power from other sources (i.e. wave to electricity generators, fuel cells).
Modular Architecture: Provides maximum flexibility, ease of integration for fast deployment: pre-integrated for plug-and-play and reconfiguration.
Regulus: Advanced Vehicle Operating System for intelligent autonomy to enable coordinated fleet operations. Designed around an open, cloud-based architecture to provide high availability, scalability and secure multi-tenancy. Includes the ability to dynamically download software changes or new applications to reconfigure a mission at sea.
datacenter@sea: Powerful on-board compute capabilities for local processing (at sea) with the ability to transmit just the answer instead of raw data or download a new application.
SV2: Enhanced durability. Expanded Payloads. Investment Protection.
Liquid Robotics also announced the Wave Glider SV2, the original Wave Glider, with enhancements for:
Enhancements for durability and extended persistence
Increased onboard processing power
Expanded support for Wi-Fi & cellular communications
Applications and sensors cross-compatible with SV3
Increased power to support a broad array of sensor payloads
Expanded application and mission support
About Liquid Robotics, Inc.
Liquid Robotics is an ocean data services provider and developer of the Wave Glider®, the world's first wave powered, autonomous marine robot designed to help address the biggest challenges the world faces, including global climate change, national security, hurricane and tsunami warning, and offshore energy and resource management. For more information, visit www.liquidr.com.
Liquid Robotics and Wave Glider are registered trademarks of Liquid Robotics, Inc., in the United States and other countries.