For years, Jim Trezzo has been talking about his hopes and dreams for bringing an acoustic modem into the OpenROV fold. And for the past few days, a lot of other folks have been talking about it as well (and emailing me links).
The BBC reported on the team of researchers from the University of Buffalo:
"[T]he University of Buffalo team is attempting to create a shared standard.
"A submerged wireless network will give us an unprecedented ability to collect and analyse data from our oceans in real time," said Tommaso Melodia, lead researcher.
"Making this information available to anyone with a smartphone or computer, especially when a tsunami or other type of disaster occurs, could help save lives."
The test was carried out at Lake Erie, near Buffalo. The research team dropped two 40lb (18kg) sensors into the water - and were then able to use a laptop to transmit information to them.
In future, the team hopes the sensors could be used to help detect and solve environmental issues. With a shared standard, different research groups with varied equipment could potentially combine their data gathering efforts with greater ease, and in real-time.
More details of the team's work will be presented at a conference for underwater networking to be held in Taiwan next month."
For, you know, predicting Tsunamis and detecting clandestine narco subs.