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Anyone for Pi? Mods and hacks for the Raspberry Pi

As the one of the leads for this project puts it: "Massive 25-foot waves, 60mph winds, torrential rain, lightning - none of these things should be put anywhere near a Raspberry Pi".

Yet that hasn't deterred the team behind the FishPi, an automated boat, from attempting to take the Pi into uncharted waters by having it guide a vessel across the Atlantic.

FishPi will be capable of autonomous navigation and will take environmental observations and measurements as it crosses the ocean.

The FishPi will be battery powered and charged by a 130W solar panel, utilising a ducted propeller to maximise its efficiency.

So far, the team has constructed the proof-of-concept version of the FishPi, seen above, which is smaller than the finished device.

The Pi, which will sit inside a waterproof container, will work with associated electronics to control the boat, including GPS, a servo-controller board and a compass.


By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.