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FishPi Drone Relies on Inexpensive Raspberry Pi Computer to Cross the Ocean


With all this talk about unmanned drones, it was only a matter of time before a couple of interesting projects would surface. Check out FishPi, an unmanned water vessel which will run a cheap Raspberry Pi computer to try and cross the Atlantic Ocean. Will it succeed?

fishpi raspberry pi drone autonomous atlantic ocean

Its creator, Greg Holloway thinks that FishPi will succeed. It’s currently in the proof-of-concept phase. The autonomous, slightly robotic, drone will also feature a 130 W solar panel that will power it. GPS and a servo controller board helps it guide through squalls. There’s a compass, motor and camera, which can capture video as well.

fishpi raspberry pi drone autonomous atlantic ocean

The prototype version measures 20″ in length, and wards off the elements thanks to a plastic sandwich container. I think that the final build will need to be a bit more refined than that, but if they ultimately set a whole bunch of these off on an Atlantic journey, then odds are that one of them might just make it.

fishpi raspberry pi drone autonomous atlantic ocean

fishpi raspberry pi drone autonomous atlantic ocean

[via Ubergizmo]

Comments (3):

  1. nick says:

    I’m hoping they have some sort of beacon and retrieval system, otherwise the fails will end up as more pollution for the poor seas.

    Other than that sounds like a saucy idea and I hope they succeed. We definitely need more ocean exploration.

  2. Max says:

    Can you post this on Facebook so I can like it

  3. Adam says:

    If these work, it would be great for smuggling!

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