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New Battelle Camera Gives Never-Before-Seen Views Undersea

HorizonVue(TM) 360 Developed With Immersive Video Specialist RemoteReality

COLUMBUS, OH -- (Marketwired) -- 05/08/14 -- Google Earth and Go-Pro go-anywhere access have upped the game in what we expect from our cameras. Remotely accessing panoramic views from our front doorsteps is commonplace and we plunge our cameras into the water for underwater shots. That's not to say these are simple technologies.

A new camera developed by Battelle will greatly reduce the time, effort and expense needed to create complete 360-degree viewpoints in the depths of the ocean or in other hard to reach places.

The HorizonVue™ M360 Deep, as the camera is known, combines Battelle's long history in maritime engineering technology with RemoteReality's specialized optic designs and software to create a unique instrument capable of providing continuous 360-degree video feed at the ocean's surface or depths of up to 10,000 feet.

Intended for use by the ocean science community, it can be installed on underwater robots, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), submarine periscopes, or other stationary observation platforms. The camera also could be used by the oil and gas industry for enhanced underwater awareness in harsh environments.

Current technologies rely on multiple cameras including those that can pan, tilt and zoom. For example, Google trucks drive down the street with numerous cameras that capture images which are then "stitched" together to create the panoramic view, which takes time. During the Gulf Oil spill, underwater footage was captured by ROVs with multiple cameras.

The HorizonVue™ M360 Deep can perform all these activities with just one camera and is lighter, smaller and uses less power than others on the market. An acrylic housing protects the camera so that it can withstand 5,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.

"The camera can image 360 degrees without the need for any moving parts, which reduces the complexity and ultimately increases reliability," said Brad Thomas, a mechanical engineer at Battelle who designed the camera.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.

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