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Dr. James Gosling, the creator of JAVA, is our Chief Software Architect and has guided the team that designed Regulus, the Wave Glider operating environment based on Linux and of course, JAVA. In my opinion, software innovation and application development for unmanned systems is the most exciting ? eld and will have the biggest impact on business growth and scienti? c discovery.
The technologies are increasing in performance while de- When we discuss unmanned systems, particularly
ROVs, we often discuss “getting the diver out of the creasing in power consumption and price. This enables com- panies like us to design more compute and communication water.” From where you sit, what are the main market capabilities into the platform making it possible to compute uses today and how (or is) that changing. and process data at sea versus waiting to do so on shore. The It’s become almost cliché to say that robotics are more processing and application intelligence we can move to best applied to dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks. ROVs have, the ocean the greater our abilities to understand the dynamics in many of the most dangerous cases, taken the “diver out of at the surface and subsurface.Second are software technolo- gies with an emphasis on autonomy. The intelligence of the the water.” Persistent (long duration) USV’s like Wave Glider are helping to keep the “sailor out of the storm.” This allows
USV comes from the operating environment. Deploying 100s offshore energy companies to explore when they could not to 1000s of USVs, ROVs, AUVs and other unmanned systems otherwise economically do so. It allows regulators to insist requires sophisticated, open standards based software to en- able interoperability, communications and safety at sea. At on monitoring they could not otherwise contemplate. And it
Liquid Robotics, we’ve invested greatly in this area and have enables mankind to be a better custodian of our marine re- sources. These market uses: exploration and survey, environ- one of the world’s best software engineers leading our archi- tecture. Dr. James Gosling, the creator of JAVA, is our Chief mental and meteorological assessment, and surveillance and
Software Architect and has guided the team that designed assessment will see unmanned surface vehicles in uses around
Regulus, the Wave Glider operating environment based on the globe.
Linux and of course, JAVA. In my opinion, software innova-
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tion and application development for unmanned systems is the most exciting