Marine Exploration Driven By Rugged Surface Pro 4 Tablet
Southern California is famed for its sunny weather and dramatic Pacific Ocean coastline. But from land, one might not realize that the rocky and rigid coastline is the cause of many shipwrecks throughout the course of history, many of which are undocumented.
For Kevin Klemens, a US Navy Veteran and marine technology enthusiast, he’s taken it upon himself to explore the underwater regions in search of uncharted shipwrecks. However, he’s not boating, snorkeling or Scuba diving as one might expect. He’s taking a much more efficient, cost-effective and modern approach to the tasks at hand.
Utilizing the Blue Robotics BlueROV2, an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and a Surface Pro 4 with a MobileDemand rugged case, Kevin is able to explore the vast coastline without even leaving dry land. This allows him to “dive” in locations that might otherwise be dangerous or hard to get to by foot. The goal of his expeditions are to explore the uncharted portions of the Southern California inner-continental shelf and document any historic sites in the area.
To control the battery-powered ROV, a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is used to maneuver the underwater vessel and view the live video feed coming from the onboard HD video camera. Although the ROV is attached to a tether for emergencies or power loss, the video stream is vital to exploring the ocean in a safe fashion without harming or disturbing wildlife, plants or fragile shipwrecks.
Protecting Kevin’s powerful Surface tablet is a premium rugged case from MobileDemand. The protective shell is built to survive accidental bumps and drops which he may occasionally encounter when traveling up and down the coast. The rugged Surface case is also equipped with dual carrying straps to make it easy for Kevin to hold on to the device. The tablet ports are protected by rubber plugs, preventing blowing sand and water from potentially ruining the Surface tablet.
With the use of a rugged Surface Pro 4 and the ROV, Kevin has discovered two uncharted shipwrecks and plans to expand his exploration ventures up the coast of California.