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Sail Drones

I had the opportunity to be attend an East Bay Manufacturing conference in Alameda today. It was out on the Alameda Naval base in the same warehouse where most of the Matrix was filmed. One of the participants, was SailDrones who makes autonomous solar powered sail boats that are used for monitoring the oceans. They were jam packed full of sensors and cameras for looking above and below the water.

Here is an early version with outriggers:
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And a newer version that could tip all the way over and then self right:
saildrones.JPG

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@elektron

hmm, i wonder if that is related to this robotboat kickstarter I sponsored years ago:

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@elektron

nope, apparently that's a different company: http://www.automarinesys.com/

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@nanomonkey

I fantasize about a houseboat with similar solar and automated sails that could travel up and down the Sacramento Delta from Sacramento to the Bay without fossil fuels. It would be a nice alternative to traditional housing.

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