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.
Regina Eisert, Ph.D., is a research scientist who studies marine mammals, nutritional ecology, and mammalian physiology. She leads a research program on top Antarctic predators and studies the biological and political factors that shape big-picture marine conservation in Antarctica. She collaborates with scientists at multiple institutions and government agencies to foster understanding and effective protection of the Southern Ocean’s Ross Sea ecosystem.
Ben King is a creative designer, photographer and adventurer with a strong focus on elegance and excellence in all that he does. He is resourceful and innovative and adapts quickly and easily to new situations. He gains inspiration from working in a group and adds a unique flair to any team.
This will be the second time our equipment will be used in the extreme temperatures of the Antarctic and again in conjunction with major scientific study. The cold ocean and differing light conditions will present a challenge, reliability of equipment in such conditions will be imperative and our equipment has proven to be right for these these challenges. We will capture outstanding quality imagery both from the ROV and 360 camera and deliver it for all to see.
To everyone who has helped us to this point thank you for your your part in making our great product. We couldn’t have done it without you.This will be the trip of a life time and a great chance to help support the ongoing research conducted in our geographical region.
You can follow our progress on the new website as well as our Facebook and other social media feeds. All the best to you for the coming year and we look forward to connecting in 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.
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.
New Zealand Geographic photographer Richard Robinson relies on the Boxfish 360 underwater spherical camera to bring back stunning 360 video from the remote Snares Islands.
Sue Reidy interviewed the Boxfish Research team for the Biodiversity feature on New Zealand's premier green news site.