As part of the Oceans ’16 conference, Open The Oceans helped facilitate a display of Cyclops 1 in Monterey, CA. Attendees were able to get up close and personal with Cyclops as part of the conference exhibition. We also worked with the conference organizers to bring students from the Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science and a local Girl Scout troop (#33132) by the submersible for some guided tours.

If you are curious about Cyclops and wonder what it is like on the inside, check out the YouTube video at the end of this post. We collaborated with Jonathan Knowles from the Explorer’s Institute to give you a feeling for what it is like to sit inside.

Design, Build, Deploy, Present!

20160921_140101The third Open The Oceans Team had a very busy summer finishing the build of their MedusaCam360 and working on a write up and presentation of their work.

They presented their design to a group of fellow scientists, engineers and marine technologists at the Oceans ’16 meeting in Monterey, California. The team met the challenge of building a working underwater 360° camera for less than $500 — the next presentation in their session was on a similar project using off the shelf parts that cost 10x as much ($5K). Interested in how they did it? Their paper will be published as part of the conference proceedings and offers a detailed description of their work.

The MedusaCam360 will be deployed as part of the operations on our upcoming expedition to the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary; stay tuned for the images we collect for the team!