Asian Surveying & Mapping
Breaking News
Ministry Announces Third Phase of Space Program
The Ministry of Science and Technology yesterday announced plans...
Brexit In Orbit: UK Space Industry Added 3,400 Jobs In Two Years In Spite Of Uncertainty
The UK’s space sector has seen significant growth in...
Aero India 2019: Airbus to demonstrate fuel efficient aircraft and new generation tactical airlifter C295
Airbus has planned one of its biggest-ever participation at...
Airbus Invests $28.2 Million in German Aerospace Site
Airbus is expanding its aerospace activities at its site...
Euro Group Builds Portal to Support Geospatial Open Data
Not-for-profit organisation EuroGraphics – which represents official bodies including...
Chile Weighs Commercial Replacement for Lone Spy Satellite
WASHINGTON — As the Chilean Air Force looks to replace...
Map Wars: Japan-US Carmakers Join to Counter Google and China
TOKYO -- A Japanese map platform developer funded by...
Indonesia Opens Satellite Image Data to Public
North Nias Marine and Fisheries Agency head Sabar Jaya...
Russian Space Corporation Confirms Readiness to Launch EgyptSat-A February 21, Says Source
MOSCOW - Specialists of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos...
Images Suggest Iran Launched Satellite Despite US Criticism
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Iran appears to...

November 26th, 2018
Picam360-SurfaceWalker: The Open Source Aquatic Drone

TOKYO – What is the Picam360-SurfaceWalker? The Picam360-SurfaceWalker is an unmanned surface vessel that can be operated over extremely long distances, allowing a user to visit far-off places, even from the comfort of the user’s own home. A panoramic camera is mounted on the bottom of the drone. A user can watch the video being streamed from this camera in real-time on the smartphone screen, and freely change the viewing angle, all while operating the easy-to-use drone. This means that the user can experience the fun of “remote snorkeling” at the user’s convenience, even in places that are difficult to access, and even if the user not a strong swimmer.

OVER 100% FUNDED ON KICKSTARTER

The crowdfunding campaign launched on the world’s largest crowdfunding site “Kickstarter” and it reached 100% of the target of the project on Kickstarter.

>>Kickstarter Campaign Page

UNIQUE FEATURES

  • Enjoy “remote snorkeling” over extremely long distances with real-time panoramic video.
  • Equipped with a solar panel for perpetual use without charging.
  • Automatically navigates on programmed routes using GPS.
  • Visualize change of natural environment.

– Long-Distance Operation

In Access Point mode, the SurfaceWalker will allow a user to connect to it directly with a smartphone. What’s more, by using it with a USB 3G dongle (which is for connecting to the internet while outdoors), the user can operate the SurfaceWalker from any place where there’s an internet connection. As one example of the possibilities, this will allow the user to have fun viewing the beautiful undersea scenery of a far-away place, from the comfort of the user’s own home.

– Real-Time Panoramic Video

With the real-time, 360-degree video from the panoramic camera mounted on the bottom of the drone, a user can watch the action from any angle. The SurfaceWalker’s proprietary image compression technology enables streaming at a bandwidth of 300Kbps.

– Solar Panel and Battery

Equipped with a 100W solar panel, it can continue to operate on the power generated during a clear day alone. Will it still work in poor weather conditions? There is concern that the ship won’t be able to come home safely. To prevent this, an additional battery can be added to SufaceWalker. Rest assured that it will keep moving even in poor weather.

– Unmanned Autonomous Navigation

The SurfaceWalker is equipped with an autonomous navigation feature that allows it to navigate along an assigned route without additional human input, using GPS. When equipped with a camera and measurement devices, it can automatically collect data about what it observes both on the surface of the water and under the water.

– Observation Data Mapping Feature

Features called OpenCoralMap and OpenCyanoMap are currently being developed, which automatically upload underwater images filmed during autonomous navigation and data collected with the drone’s measuring devices to a server, and display the collected data on a map.

OUR GOAL IS TO HELP SOLVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS

The ultimate goal of the project in developing the SurfaceWalker is to create a platform to visualize change of natural environment. OpenCyanoMap are currently being developed on a collaborative research project with a university, which creates visualizations of the concentrations of cyanobacteria in lakes. The end goal is to create the conditions that will allow people to gain an accurate understanding of the issue of the decline of coral reefs. The SurfaceWalker project is intended to accomplish this by improving its operability at sea, and by developing OpenCoralMap, a feature that will create visualizations of the extent of coral bleaching, as understood with the use of images filmed by the SurfaceWalker.