Bearracuda is UR@B’s first competition ROV that will be competing in the next International MATE ROV Competition! This vehicle embodies the resilience that our team has demonstrated throughout the Fall 2020 semester through navigating the entire design process virtually.
Bearracuda features a carbon fiber frame and multiple custom payload tools to complete missions regarding plastic pollution, climate change, and coral reefs. Specifically, Bearracuda is able to retrieve submerged objects (nets, bottles, coral samples, etc), conduct environmental studies using image recognition, and deploy devices/sensors for measurements and sampling.
Blue is the first autonomous underwater vehicle that Underwater Robotics at Berkeley built (back when we were known as AUV’s at Berkeley). Blue features a stereoscopic vision system, data cataloging abilities, and a robotic arm. Blue is designed to complete image recognition tasks and manipulate objects with a robotic arm. Funding for Blue was largely made possible by OmniSci, whose software was used.
Smol Bot was the first operational submarine robot built as a test bed for controls, machine learning, and computer vision teams. The robot has tethered power cables and a 15ft USB chord so software teams can modify and deploy code while the vehicle is underwater. This enables the autonomous robot to be manually controlled and allows the team to execute different tasks in the same underwater dive. Funding for Smol Bot was made possible through grants from the UC Berkeley College of Engineering and Engineering Student Council.