• Hands-on with Ricoh’s new waterproof action cam, WG-M2

    Hands-on with Ricoh’s new waterproof action cam, WG-M2

    When you think action cams, any number of brands spring to mind. Ricoh may not be one of them, but on paper, the WG-M2 from Ricoh has the perfect combination of features if you like your adventures on the wet and rough end of the spectrum. The camera’s party-trick — and the reason it caught my eye in the first place — is that it has really good waterproofing straight out of… Read More

  • MIT Is Building Anti-Smuggling, Ship-Skimming Robots, So Watch Out Han Solo

    MIT Is Building Anti-Smuggling, Ship-Skimming Robots, So Watch Out Han Solo

    The MIT robotics labs provide an endless source of variously amusing, terrifying, and wonderful developments, and today’s is a robot prototype that can scurry across the surface of a ship’s hull, using ultrasound tech to scan for false panels and other secret compartments used by seafaring smugglers. In our version of the future, this means inspections for contraband on… Read More

  • Google Expands Underwater Street View To New Locations

    Google Expands Underwater Street View To New Locations

    Google today added a couple of new locations to its underwater Street View imagery collection, including a number spots around Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Read More

  • How Google Took Street View For A Dive

    How Google Took Street View For A Dive

    Google’s underwater Street View launched last September, but Google’s Ocean program actually started six years ago when one of the founders of Keyhole (which, after being acquired by Google, later became Google Earth), was inspired to also look into mapping the ocean. For several years now Google has been mapping the oceans, but bringing Street View underwater is still very… Read More

  • RC model of Star Trek USS ENTERPRISE swimming underwater (video)

    I’m not an RC gadget expert, but modding static model kits of space ships so that they’re water-proof and can be RC-controlled to make them then “fly underwater” seems like a very, very geeky thing to do to me. Take this 1/350 scale replica of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A space ship from Star Trek, for example. Some person [JP] in Yokosuka, Japan, bought the static kit… Read More

  • Thanko sells underwater mini USB camera

    Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko is rolling out another USB device, but this time the gadget (kind of) makes sense. It’s a USB mini camera [JP] that can be used for a variety of activities, including shooting pictures and videos underwater. It’s water-proof up to a depth of 20m. Read More

  • Camera works 200 feet underwater, on land too

    The DC800 from SeaLife is an 8-megapixel digital camera that works underwater in that housing apparatus on the left and then works on land as that little guy on the right. Perfect for taking photos of majestic sea creatures during the day and exotic cougars at night. It’s got five special underwater modes to adjust to the color of water that you’re diving in, plus a continuous… Read More

  • Gigantic undersea trench-digging, cable-laying robot

    I said “cable-laying,” get it? Anyhoo, if you’re in the market for a huge remote controlled submersible robot that weighs 50 tons and can bury oil and gas pipes at the bottom of the ocean, look no further than the Ultra Trencher 1 by a company called SMD. It uses propellers to submerge itself to depths up to a mile and then uses ninja-like high-pressure “jet… Read More

  • Cool solutions for using GPS devices underwater

    There’s a pretty interesting MSN group made up of diving enthusiasts dedicated to using GPS devices while underwater. GPS signals aren’t able to penetrate water to any meaningful depth so the group devised a few simple but smart solutions that basically involve enclosing portable GPS doodads inside waterproof cases. When the divers need to check their respective positions, they… Read More

  • Pentax Optio W30 review

    The summer may be officially over, but the temperatures are still warm enough to cook an egg on the sidewalk and there’s enough time to hit the beach and soak up the sun. I like to frolic in the ocean and often times I wish I had a waterproof digital point-and-shoot to capture all my shenanigans while surfing. I’ve tried the disposables and the surf-specific cameras, but… Read More