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The Spotter Innovation Challenge

The Spotter Innovation Challenge

Spoondrift opens the Spotter Innovation Challenge! We are interested in your research ideas and innovative new applications for Spotter. And to stimulate some creativity, we make up to 2 Spotters available for a maximum of 6 months to use in innovative projects. Graduate students are highly encouraged to apply! 

Check here for more details and send in your ideas to Pieter Smit (pieter@spoondrift.co) by June 30, 2018.

We look forward to hearing what you want to do with your Spotter! 

Mooring design guidelines for Spotter

Mooring design guidelines for Spotter

Spotter is designed to be used either free-drifting or anchored to the seafloor. If you are planning to anchor Spotter to the seafloor, you need to design and build a mooring. To help you with that we've pulled together some guidelines, on how you can build a lightweight and low-cost mooring solution that works with a lightweight buoy like Spotter.

These guidelines are based on our experiences, and with help and input from users and testers so far. No doubt that there is lots of room for refinement and improvement and we look forward to hearing your experiences, experiments, and ideas. We will keep updating the mooring design guidelines based on your input and will continue to share them back to the community.

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

One of the most encouraging outcomes of World Oceans Day, which, through a miracle of timing, occurred during the week of our pre-sales launch, was the appearance of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and its advisor James Cameron. WHOI showed this beautiful short video produced by Cameron and the Avatar Alliance Foundation:

Cameron, who advises the Center for Marine Robotics, espoused a point of view that essentially summarized what we’re trying to accomplish with Spotter: to democratize the collection of ocean data.

The Center for Marine Robotics is dedicated to “changing the way humans and machines work together in the ocean by bringing together innovators from a multitude of sectors to challenge conventional thinking, test new ideas, and advance the state of the art.”  

According to Cameron, “I’m known for big projects like the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER science submersible, but I have equal respect for small, low-cost tech tools that are making exploration accessible and creating an onramp for anyone anywhere, at any level of funding, to understand and communicate the vital importance of the world’s oceans.” 

Spoondrift’s goal is exactly what Cameron is talking about -- democratize ocean observations and learn more about the ocean by empowering new groups, organizations, and ocean communities to participate in the exploration. Already the first Spotters are deploying to distant parts of the world to collect data in remote places where conventional instruments are difficult to maintain or operate. And we look forward to contributing to ocean understanding through community-driven data collection in a more connected ocean!