Sea Cucumber Camera

Sea cucumbers are commonly found on deep seafloor. Their unique gelatinous   tissue allows them to control their buoyancy which gives the flexibility to crawl on the ocean floor, actively swim or float from one location to another.

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Sea cucumbers have soft cylindrical bodies yet varies in length, shape and color. Some are shaped like a sausage while others resembled a caterpillar or round like an apple.

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I always find underwater videos and sound intriguing. Video footages of the ocean captured through submarines often have a fixed perspective and robotic motion which doesn’t quite capture the essence of the flow of water  as well as the life within. The invention of GoPro gives human the ability to directly film in wet environments. However, deep sea image and sound capturing still remains as an unexplored territory due to the limitation of human bodies. I would like to see camera (compatible for image, video and sound) being integrated into a robot that mimic the locomotive system of a sea cucumber to capture an organic flow of imagery as well as sound. Referencing a drone, the sea cucumber camera can be controlled by the user in real time to conduct changes in directions and movements.

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