Finally, an underwater messaging app

Don’t you hate it when, after going just five or 10 meters underwater, you lose signal completely? Now this vexing limitation of modern technology is being addressed by researchers at the Univer

Impossible Mining is combing the seafloor for battery metals

Impossible Mining CEO Oliver Gunasekara pulled me aside at last week’s TechCrunch Climate event with a fascinating pitch. Turns out there are a lot of valuable metals on the ocean floor — material

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

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’

Google Expands Underwater Street View To New Locations

Google today <a target="_blank" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/111401917971052287374/posts/ibrEyghnXiJ">added</a> a couple of new locations to its <a target="_blank" href="http://maps.google.com/oc

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 bec

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

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/USS-ENTERPRISE-_model.png" /> I'm not an RC gadget expert, but modding static model kits of space ships so that they're water-proof and

Thanko sells underwater mini USB camera

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/thanko_usb_camera-620x278.png"> <a href="http://search.beta.techcrunch.com/query.php?s=thanko">Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko</a>

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

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

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

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 oce