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Building low cost camera systems for seabed surveys

Low-cost action cameras (e.g. GoPro) combined with specially designed housing have proved a cost-effective new method to explore inaccessible seabed marine habitats. We are now developing new, low-cost camera rigs to improve our survey capabilities. We are seeking an intern to put together a towed camera to be deployed from a kayak. This involved designing (prototype design exists, but requires improvement), building and testing the system which will consists of off-the-shelf action camera, laser pointer and lights. The student will also work to develop a prototype laser pointer using a compact Arduino nano (or a similar micro-controller) to control components, for deployment in deep-sea Arctic habitats.

This internship will provide a grounding in the rapidly developing field of conservation technology and would suit a student with a background in engineering and electronics.

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