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The Espy is a remote operated vehicle (ROV) that is used to monitor marine environments through underwater observations. It will outdate the current human diver based survey process in almost every application. It is more effective, more reliable, cheaper, safer and causes much less disturbance to the natural environment.
There is no competitor ROV for marine surveys as those that exist have only a single forward facing camera and are unstable in light currents. The Espy is built off a foundation of field-proven ROV technology but adapted to better suit its operating environment. Features such as a wing design with tilting rotors and a self-levelling gyro allow it to remain controllable in harsher conditions. It also houses six GoPro cameras that enable a ‘Google Street View’ style, full-environment, 360 degree video recording (360heros.com) without getting your feet wet and then the comfortably of analysing the data once ashore.
The Espy’s rugged design with protective cage, bumpers and easy grab handle make it a simple and dependable ROV during deployment, use and recovery.
As Sean Connel the head of Marine Biology at Adelaide University state, “You wouldn't go to a marine biology lab and not see one, if not two of these on the shelf... It would probably revolutionize the way we do a lot of our science...” With Marine biology obviously only being one potential commercial oppertunity.