Hardshell Labs’ volunteers Andrea Barrica, Jasper Friedrichs, Thomas Kluyver, Laila Selk and others participated in last Saturday’s OpenExplorer Design Day at TechShop San Francisco. Hardshell’s goal for the day was to walk through the door of a new design hack to create a roving ‘Guardian Angel’ which can shadow wild Desert tortoises to protect them from raven predation. This was the first time this team of collaborators had met, and as you can see from these photos we were very successful with a mere eight hours work.
OpenROV gleefully allowed us hacks of their submersible’s controller board, a Beagle board, and an HD camera to fit them all onto a CNC laser-cut tortoise shell mock-up.
All this for Hardshell Labs’ Guardian Angel project mentioned at OpenExplorer. Big thanks to David Lang, Erika Bergman, Nima Torabi and Thomas Moye of OpenROV, and Marc Roth and Aaron Haldiman of Tech Shop San Francisco!