Aquabotix, an innovation company delivering the accessibility of today’s mobile technology to the complex world of underwater video, and Mystic Aquarium, a leader in marine research, deep sea exploration and hands-on education, announce a partnership that will change the way students and adults learn about the water. Aquabotix’ mini ROV (remotely operated vehicle), the HydroView, has been selected to enhance the educational programs already offered at Mystic Aquarium.
Mystic Aquarium and Sea Research Foundation conduct pioneering research that inspires new generations to care for the environment and pursue careers in science. The education and conservation department really saw incredible potential in using Aquabotix technology with the students that they work with in a variety of applications. They selected the HydroView to open the students’ eyes to what is under the water that they cannot see. The HydroView is the ideal tool to accomplish this because of its accessibility as it is controlled from the surface via an iPad, which many students are already familiar with operating. In addition, while the student is driving the ROV, they are seeing a live HD video feed of what is in the water below them. The balance between ease of use and functionality as an underwater research tool made the HydroView the perfect fit for the educational programs.
“We are looking both from a biological perspective, identifying animals, as well as from a conservation perspective – to provide a direct view into how human habits are affecting underwater ecosystems,” said VP Conservation and Education, Kelly Matis. “We think this unique view would inspire people to make a positive change in their behaviors for the benefit of the environment.”
The HydroView has been incorporated into many programs at the aquarium including at a beach clean up event, with the JASON Learning programs and with summer camp programs on the coastal field study trips. The HydroView has already captivated the students’ interest. “Our students loved this experience! They were totally engaged every single minute of this trip. They loved taking turns using the ROV and seeing how to use the computer (iPad) to direct the ROV underwater,” said a teacher from Central Falls High School. “The connection between the computer program to coordinate the direction the ROV would move and exploration of the river were fascinating to the students.”
“Aquabotix is a company that is passionate about the water, so when we saw an opportunity for our underwater viewing technology to be used to educate the public about the underwater world, we jumped at the chance to make a difference”, said Aquabotix President and CEO, Durval Tavares. “Our mini ROV is being deployed in a variety of markets where live-view below the surface is important. This application in education and conservation is perfectly aligned with our core company value for the well being of the earth’s precious water. It is great to see our technology having such an impact on the youth who are the future stewards of our environment.”
For more information about Mystic Aquarium and Sea Research Foundation please visit www.MysticAquarium.org
For more information on the HydroView or Aquabotix please visit: http://www.aquabotix.com/