Our Project. 


25% of all marine species live in coral reefs whereas coral reefs represent only a small fraction of the ocean. Within the last 30 years half of all corals have died already. However, there are selective measures in restoring coral reefs by cultivating and eventually statically outplanting them on reefs. Yet, in order to do so the corals as well as the reefs have to be measured by divers in a time-consuming process.

Our goal is to build a small and highly agile submersible that makes it possible to scan entire coral reefs. Additionally it should provide an intuitive way to explore foreign waters without any prior technical knowledge. Thereby Scubo is to be the first robot which meets the needs of the research as well as entertainment sectors.




In order to achieve our vision Scubo is able to move omnidirectional, which means that it can move and turn in every direction. In this manner the object which has to be scanned can be looked at from every desired direction and angle. To obtain an intuitive steering we implemented six on-board cameras that cover the entire space around Scubo.
Yet, Scubo should not be restricted to scanning corals. Via five ports each user can connect his very own sensor or even a high-definition camera. Whether corals in the Caribbean, the shore of Lake Zurich or even a virtual dive in an aquarium - Scubo not only convinces with its captivating technology but also with its modern design. Innovation starts when science meets entertainment.




Have you ever dreamed of being at a place that is unreachable for you? Scubo makes it possible: you will experience the underwater world like never before. With the aid of virtual reality glasses you will swim beneath the surface among marine animals.



The possibilities in the virtual world are growing rapidly. We are using them to replicate the marine flora as well as to discover and understand hidden aspects of our planet. This feature allows us to observe the changes of coral reefs and therefore contributing to preserving corals from extinction. The cameras and light sources used for this application can be easily mounted on the module ports.



Our goal is to bring the concept of multitasking into the world of robotics. In order not to only focus on one application Scubo is equipped with five universal module ports. Any kind of sensor, camera or light source can be connected to these.



Scubo is able to move in any direction without any delays. Therefore avoiding obstacles is easier and faster. With omnidirectional movement all scanning motions are ideally realized even in narrow spaces. This is achieved with eight non-moving propulsion units.

We are confident that Scubo has great potential for the future. Since every necessary sensor is already implemented, Scubo can be programmed to scan a coral reef or any other place fully autonomous. Telepresence could be used in many aquariums or in the sea for entertainment. Because of the module ports different kinds of sensors and devices can be connected and used, for example to generate a geographical map of the sea floor or to inspect boats.

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