Everyone here is the first prototype by Omar from the LIF programme, who’s based in San Andres in Colombia.
He’s an expert professional diver working on engineering assignments who developed an autonomous submersible that assists divers in difficult work situations, like repairing ruptured pipes, etc.
I think his team is well equipped as they’ve been working with breathing apparatus all their lives and have the more recent successful robotics experience.
They picked up the MIT design, but couldn’t find the right motor so adapted and relocated to nearby Island in the Caribbean to work from there and have been mobilising peers.
One of the resources they have in excess in the Caribbean is oxygen tanks, because of all the diving activities. Omar and team have so far have about 1,000 at their disposal and are looking for how to utilise them.
There’s a lot of positive vibes coming from the guys but they’ve are busy 3d modelling and printing so I’ll help with reporting here until they get a chance to share the designs and lessons learned.
They’ll do first testing tomorrow.