Applied Logic controller used in NOAA ROV

                                     

We’ve been working with NOAA’s Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary on some enhancements to their underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).  Essentially they are customizing their Deep Ocean Engineering’s Phantom HD2+2 ROV with our SONY LANC controller and software to be able to collect video and video stills topside on a remote PC.  Our controller is mounted inside the ROV to provide control of the camera’s functions, such as zoom, focus, and recording/snapshot functions.

This is a great application for our controller product and related software and we’re happy to have been able to help provide technology solutions in this exciting area!

Yes, Sony LANC is still around

I’ve had a few people ask me why there is no Sony LANC jack on the newest Sony camcorders…well, it is there — just in a different form.

For those of you that don’t know, LANC is Sony’s protocol for remote control of most camera and recorder functionality.  On camcorders prior to 2008, Sony had a separate LANC jack on most cameras, using a 2.5mm jack.

All new Sony Camcorders now have a 10pin multi-AV remote terminal jack (A/V R) that looks like this —

 

In addition to the LANC functions, this jack also contains video and audio outputs.

Applied Logic (www.appliedlogiceng.com) does have adapter cables available to convert the old style 2.5mm jack to the newer style 10-pin multi-pin connector.  Contact us for more details.

Applied Logic controller used in underwater video housing

Every once in a while, there is a cool cross-over between business and some of my other interests.  Here’s a great example.  A while back, my friend Mike Hastings, who owns AquaVideo (www.aquavideo.com) which is a company that designs and manufacturers underwater housings for video equipment, called me and needed an embedded controller for a new housing he was developing for the new RED ONE ultra-HD video camera that is capable of shooting motion picture-quality digital video.  Long story short, Applied Logic (www.appliedlogiceng.com) was able to customize one of our embedded controllers for his needs.  Essentially, our controller reads button presses from the diver operating the camera, then processes these into serial commands that get sent to the controller (www.birger.com) that controls the aperture, focus, and other camera functions on the RED ONE.

AquaVideo is the first company to have digital controls in a RED ONE camera housing.  We’re proud to be part of this design.

First dive of the season

Well I finally got out yesterday for my first dive of the season.  Square Lake (near Stillwater, MN) was the venue and it was great.  Of all the dives I’ve made here over the years, I have never seen the visibility this good (over 20 feet).  The water was a little on the cool side at 48 degrees — thank goodness for drysuits.