HAWKEYE - AUTONOMOUS SENSORS
6. THE EYES AND EARS - HAWKEYE
Typically concerning robot boats the environment is perceived through laser range finders, a radar system, a stereo camera pair, and a monocular vision system. The sensors acquire environment data at rates between 10 and 100 Hertz. Map and position information is incorporated at 10 Hz, enabling SolarNavigator to avoid collisions with obstacles when docking and other vessels in real-time while navigating the open oceans - but it doesn't stop there.
In addition to GPS, SolarNavigator uses a optical-based control system to take advantage of real-time vision to identify targets and avoid obstacles, for its autonomous navigation, rather than depending solely on pre-determined routes. As you may imagine, this is the tip of the iceberg, involving data manipulation and control, integrated with communication equipment of several kinds such as to make the SolarNavigator compliant when it comes to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 and/or the Merchant Shipping (Distress Signals and Prevention of Collisions) Regulations 1996.
the SolarNavigator enter a sensitive military zone, or suffer attention from pirates,
then the ability to distinguish between friendly and unfriendly interaction
could be vital to survival. In such a situation Hawkeye comes into its own,
enabling the craft to identify shipping while at a good distance and so decide
on evasive maneuvers well in advance of a potential dust up.
As with Johnny 5, the ability to interface with its surroundings brings
SolarNavigator to life - in a robotic sense.
Point Gray Bumblebee2 2.5mm focal length, 648x488
LASER RANGE FINDER
AUDIO INPUT & INDENTIFICATION
1. Voice recognition
2. Vessel recognition - horns, engines, etc.
Autonomy is all about doing something for humans, better than humans can.
Solarnavigator is a battery electric ASV (Autonomous Solar Vessel), a trimaran with an extremely
efficient active hull that runs on solar power = energy from nature. This hull form has never been
attempted before, nor has the use of wind energy been used in such manner for crew comfort
(or complete onboard autonomy). A fleet of such vessels could be the basis of an international peacekeeping, and/or emergency rescue force.
2. BRUCE THE AUTOPILOT & A BIT MORE
3. STAR WARS - DRONE SATELLITE REMOTE CONTROL, MANUAL OVERRIDE
4. HAL COMPUTER HARDWARE
6. THE EYES AND EARS - HAWKEYE
7. SELF DEFENCE - SCORPION
8. CAPTAIN NEMO - AI ROBOT
9. LOCAL NAVIGATION EVENT
10. INTERMEDIATE CIRCUMNAVIGATION
11. THE AUTONOMOUS CIRCUMNAVIGATION
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The design of the Solar Navigator boat has been licensed for use in
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