Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles

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eye chart 8-Pound, Remote-Control Swimming Video Camera Can Be Used for Surveillance, Security, Inspections, Productions; Shows Live Underwater Views Anywhere Through the Web

VideoRay announced today that its 8-pound micro ROV (remotely operated vehicle) can record live video from underwater depths up to 500 feet to the Internet. Stealthy and about the size of a boot box, the VideoRay is used in all types of water to see submerged structures for surveillance, for security inspections, scientific studies, viewing aquatic life, and other explorations. The VideoRay swimming video camera is the same ROV that was used to internally survey the USS Arizona battleship in Pearl Harbor. Priced for professionals and armchair adventurers, VideoRay starts under $12,000 (USD).

Gathering underwater video is as easy as lowering the VideoRay submersible into the water and operating a video game-style joystick to control movement underwater. The VideoRay operator watches a monitor to see what’s in the VideoRay’s field of vision, records it using a digital video camera, and can create any version of media file that could be sent to others over the Internet. Within seconds, the video can be viewed anywhere there’s a connection to the Web.

“With this new capability, VideoRay brings the power of the Internet to underwater,” says Bob Christ, vice president of VideoRay. “In moments, JPEGs and MPEGs can be generated and sent anywhere in the world via the Web. There are endless uses for underwater video.

Christ continues, “Being able to send VideoRay video over the Internet is an asset, for example, when there’s a large vessel grounding or a security sweep of the hull to find a suspicious attached item. The ship’s home office, insurance company and all interested experts can be e-mailed to work out a fast and appropriate solution.”