Photo Credit: TED
One of my favorite talks from this year's TED conference was Denise Herzing's talk about dolphin communication. Denise is one of the leading dolphin researchers in the world and has been pioneering work on dolphin communication, most recently with her CHAT system. I had been following Denise's work for years, and I was lucky enough to meet and talk with her at the conference.
We got to talking about technology, and how OpenROV could aid in her work. Denise brought up the idea od creating a robot that the dolphins could actually control. It sounded crazy at first, but that longer I thought about it, the more intriguing it became.
And apparently it's already been done (although not well documented). Denise sent me a study from 1981 done by R. Stuart Mackay that tried something similar.
Here's a diagram that outlines the study:
And a photo of the dolphin controlling the electrical submarine:
A few weeks ago, Denise came to the OpenROV HQ in Berkeley, and told us more about the study. We discussed ideas on how we could build such a device. If we can, Denise has agreed to help us test it in the field.
What do you think? Have ideas on how to modify an OpenROV for dolphin control?