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.
Liquid Robotics is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.
It’s imperative that we better understand the ocean. Watch our Founder & CTO share why.
A drone will circle the world’s newest volcanic island, near Japan, to warn of devastating waves. The newest and most dangerous island in the world is about to get a robotic sentinel. Since bursting to life 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo in 2013, a massive marine volcano called Nishinoshima has erupted dozens of times, spewing red-hot lava that engulfed a neighboring island. As the volcano has grown, so has the risk it represents to 2,500 people living on the nearby Japanese archipelago of Ogasawara. Should Nishinoshima’s rocky slopes collapse during an eruption, they could trigger a deadly tsunami that would reach the Ogasawara islands within 20 minutes.
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.