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A Robotic Boat That Records Ocean Data

This week, we’ll be highlighting our favorite eco-tech projects that have successfully received funding on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

Today’s choice is the ‘Robotboat Mark VI‘ from Auto Marine Systems.

The boat is part of an ongoing project to send automatic “drone” boats out into the seas to record ocean data and send it back to the research team on the shore. The type of data the boats collect is mostly used to monitor the ocean’s health and look for problem areas affected by disasters, oil spills, and natural erosion. The boats will also be sent into rivers and lakes.

The process takes years to complete when performed by human vessels, buy by sending out a grid of robotic boats, the job can be accomplished much quicker, and more efficiently. The team received their full funding in the fall of 2012. Check out the promo video:

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