Liquid Robotics has been humming away at getting their bots built and tested out in the open ocean. The company recently roped in $22 million in fundraising, and now they've got their eye set on a world record.
Liquid Robotics writes, "On November 17th, at San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club, Liquid Robotics launched four Wave Gliders on a record-setting journey across the Pacific Ocean – the longest distance ever attempted by an unmanned ocean vehicle."
The trek is to establish new scientific discoveries by gathering huge amounts of data -- 2.25 million data points on on salinity, water temperature, waves, weather, fluorescence, and dissolved oxygen, to be exact -- and making it available in real time to anyone interested. Researchers and even kids in classrooms can follow along.
"When they reach their final destinations, the Wave Gliders will have earned a Guinness World Record for the longest voyage completed by an unmanned ocean vessel," notes Liquid Robotics.
CNet reports, "Although Liquid Robotics launched its world-record attempt today, its Wave Gliders have been deployed around the world for some time. Already, the company said, the robots have logged more than 150,000 miles on many different kinds of projects. Among them have been efforts to track the spread of oil in the Gulf of Mexico after 2010's Deepwater Horizon disaster."
We wish the Wave Gliders luck, and hopefully no sharks will take a shine to them.
Here is a video from Maker Faire showing off details about the Wave Glider: