After a massive start to the New Year in Antarctica, Boxfish Research, New Zealand’s leading underwater robotics startup announced, they have just returned from another overseas adventure. Trainer and experienced diver Russell Hughes arrived back in New Zealand from Japan, where he spent a week in ROV training with Japanese distributor, Cosmos Shoji.
We were invited by New Zealand's largest seafood company, Sanford, to help showcase the world under the surface of our oceans at the Ports of Auckland Seeport Festival 2019.
“Going off coms” is the the last thing Tom says before climbing out of the back seat of the hovering helicopter, onto the sea ice with a 1m long ice drill. A minute later, after drilling a couple of holes, a thumbs up signals that he is satisfied that the ice is at least 75cm thick, strong enough to support the weight of the 1300kg helicopter & its contents. The pilot powers the machine down and we begin unloading ourselves, the Boxfish ROV, the Boxfish 360, hydrophones, camera gear, survival bags and of course snacks! It is around 10pm and this will be our base for the nights activities on the ice.
Founder Ben describes his trip down to the ice and early days learning how to survive in this beautiful but hostile environment.
Boxfish Research customer Tom Boyd of Sedogs Productions while freediving and shooting 360 had an amazing encounter with a whale shark off of the Big island of Hawai'i.
Gigantic Step for Kiwi Robotics Startup; Headed to Antarctica
· Boxfish Research is Headed on a research expedition to Antarctica.
· The Boxfish ROV will capture footage at depths and angles unreachable by man.
· The Boxfish 360 spherical camera will capture immersive video of the Antarctic ocean.
One of our founders Ben King is embarking on an Antarctic expedition in Jan-Feb 2019 as part of an ongoing research programme set up and led by Principal Investigator Dr Regina Eisert from the University of Canterbury. This research programme is called the Antarctic Top Predator NZ programme. Boxfish are offering free use of one of our 360 cameras, ROV’s and Ben as a senior engineer to operate it. Logistics provided by Antarctica New Zealand.
We had the pleasure of performing a demonstration for the Musee Sous-Marin or Underwater Museum in the picturesque town of Lorient in Brittany. This museum was founded by Christophe Cerino, a passionate Naval Historian and Archeologist.
The Marine Equipment Trade Show or "METS" is a business to business trade show held annually at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition Centre with exhibitors and businesses from around the world.
This year we took the Boxfish ROV along to exhibit at the show and entertained a steady stream of visitors to our stand.