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.
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.