The ocean is the last great frontier. It covers most of the Earth’s surface, produces 70% of our oxygen, and is a significant source of food and jobs. It’s also an increasingly contested battlespace, as nations seek to protect their waters and resources.
The ocean will undergo a profound transformation over the next decade to address these problems. Sensors, connectivity, cloud computing—the same technology that has revolutionized the terrestrial world is coming to the ocean.
The Wave Glider, an unmanned ocean robot, is the essential technology for this transformation. Sitting at the surface, the Wave Glider is the only unmanned system capable of collecting and communicating ocean data, real-time, through unpredictable conditions, for up to one year. It connects subsea data and communicates it to satellites and land, creating an ocean network.
Imagine this ocean network connecting billions of sensors, manned and unmanned systems, and satellites above. A place where data is available on demand, around the clock.
This is the Digital Ocean, and it is taking shape around us.
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Northcott was able to track down the sources of this extra carbon dioxide using measurements made from a robotic surface vessel called a Wave Glider, which travels back and forth across Monterey Bay making measurements of carbon dioxide in the air and ocean for weeks at a time. “Because we had measurements from the Wave Glider at many different locations around the bay,” Northcott explained, “I could use the Wave Glider’s position and the speed and direction of the wind to triangulate the direction the carbon dioxide was coming from.”
We are proud to have received accolades recognizing the Wave Glider as a game-changing platform. Below is a sampling of our recognition.
From a worldwide competition, Liquid Robotics’ won the inaugural prize for "sustainable innovations that strive to create or enhance business practices, industries or technologies that contribute to the long-term health of our ocean.”
Roger Hine was one of the 23 Technology Pioneers honored by the WEF “for the potential to significantly impact business and society through the design, development and implementation of new technologies and innovations”.
From San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean to Bundaberg, Australia, the Wave Glider named “Benjamin Franklin” swam 7,939-nautical mile (14,703-km) through cyclones, shark attacks, and the perils of the seas collecting and communicating ocean data.
In honor of Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards™ are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business success. Liquid Robotics was awarded the highest medal in recognition of the energy harvesting innovation of the Wave Glider.