Marine Lab wanted the students to experience the sensation of what it’s like to actually live and work underwater. VideoRay is the only tool with a virtual remote presence that can enable a person to sit and watch underwater life without the disruption of divers. Students, , teachers and parents travel from all over the country for this opportunity.
VideoRay gives students from age 5 to college graduates the same education, without a wet suit or diving certificate. It allows for students to pilot the ROV where ever they like, at the same time exploring and understanding the marine habitat. Many students were pleased that the skills they’ve acquired from computerized videogames can be applied to the real world of advanced VideoRay.
Chris Olstad, a Marine Biologist for the Lab stated:” Besides learning remote piloting skills, one thing we observed, was that in poor visibility situations the VideoRay can usually “see” better than a diver can. We also learned good things come in small packages.”
As a remotely controlled robotic assistant, the VideoRay has potential application in almost any undersea endeavor imaginable. The small size and precise control allowed for easy set-up, deployment and remote operation through marine habitats which provided an exciting, riveting (hands-on) experience for students.
VideoRay now has far more Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in service around the world than any manufacturer, and is delivering additional ROVs at an increasing rate. Weighing just 8 pounds and starting at $5995 USD, VideoRays can be equipped with sonar, positioning systems or other accessories, and are used for underwater surveys, offshore inspections, search and recovery, homeland defense, science, fish farming and a range of applications in underwater environments. In August, the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded VideoRay a contract to supply vehicles to the US government, making it easier and faster for many agencies to acquire one. See http://www.videoray.com/GSA for more information.
July 10, 2006