Flying a robot 6,000 miles awaySeptember 8 2014
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Robots before breakfast!
The human connections we can share now with this technology blow my mind.
6am Hawaii time I was sitting at my kitchen table in Kailua simultaneously wheeling around OpenROV HQ in California.
Erika was wise to bumper my enthusiasm with a couple tips, "Just so you know as soon as you take control of my computer you're going to become a 5 foot tall, very heavy robot. Please don't crash into anything TOO hard".
Everyone's internet bandwidth varies.
By getting folks all over the world to test and log their internet speed and compare that to their ability to fly the ROV today, we'll develop a good sense for how much bandwidth is needed as a standard operational limit.
As a baseline: Here at OpenROV headquarters our bandwidth is pretty good and we have no problem flying the ROV over our own internet.
Uploading at 1.2 Mbps and Downloading at 11Mbps
I've used testmy.net to do an Internet Speed Test.
We have two more pilots commuting in for the telerobotic challenge!
Here's the plan:
Get the free version of Join.me
Once I plug the ROV in and get OpenROV cockpit up and running, I'll send you an invitation to share my desktop. Then you'll take control of my laptop and the ROV controls! You'll have a mirrored display of my desktop and will be able to fly the ROV from your keyboard!
Left = Turn to Port
Right =Turn to Starboard
Up arrow = Move Forward
Down arrow = Move Aft
Shift = Ascend
Control = Descend
Q = Camera Tilt Up
Z = Camera Tilt Down
A = Camera return to center
L = Lasers on/off
I = Lights on/off
OpenROV cockpit looks something like this, depending on where you deploy your ROV:
Robots are back on the menu!
We should have you both log in, one from Hawaii, the other from Norway, and take turns piloting Phantom through a challenge course in the test tank.
Posted on behalf of Megan Cook:
I’m honored and stoked to be out to sea for the second year as a Mission Blue Young Explorer on the groundbreaking Exploration Vessel Nautilus, led by Dr. Bob Ballard and his Corps of Exploration. My job as the Lead Science Communication Fellow is to invite all of you along for the fun we’re having exploring the deep sea for the very first time. Mountains underwater that no one has seen before: count us in! We’re floating to the east of the British Virgin Islands in the Anegada Passage climbing up seamounts letting you be the first humans to see their slopes. Our ROVs have big cameras and what we find keeps blowing us away! 95% of the ocean is still unexplored. Put your name in the history books as an ocean explorer and join us in the deep sea. www.NautilusLive.org
Along the way the Nautilus Team wants to highlight how cool it is to be a scientist, engineer, and explorer. What is the single coolest way to demonstrate how awesome technology is? Play with robots, of course. Tune in while I drive a robot using strictly mind control—oh and technology—and the internet on Open Explorer! I’ll be learning as I go, under the watchful eye of submarine pilot and OpenROV-extraordinaire Erika Bergman.
Megan C. is onboard Bob Ballard's Expedition Ship the E/V Nautilus. The ship is outfitted with gigantic ROVs, outfitted for science, and high tech satellite equipment to stream ship and ROV footage live to your desktop as exploration happens!
Check it out Nautilus Live
We want to get Megan piloting 'Phantom,' an OpenROV, through time and space (the internet), from the deck of a moving ship in the middle of the ocean.
The ROV is in San Francisco, Megan is in the Caribbean, Let's do this.
Photo courtesy Ocean Exploration Trust