Hello blue humans and bots!! (Is it weird that I assume they are reading this :))
Today we are stoked to announce Reef product number 2: introducing the Sonoptix ECHO Multibeam Imaging Sonar!
For literally years, we’ve heard people complain, “Ugh, I wish multibeam sonars weren’t so expensive…” Well, thanks to some other humans who felt the same, the Sonoptix ECHO was born. It offers a sweet set of capabilities at a revolutionary price point and will totally elevate your ROVing experience.
With this launch, we are releasing the BlueROV2 Roof rack. Yes, like a roof rack for your ROV. No, not so you can strap an ROV to the top of your car (although now that you mention it….)
Check out the vid below and also the product pages for the Echo and the Roof Rack!
Interesting product. Somewhat disappointed there’s no raw mode. Since the only way to receive data is a video feed is there a way to turn off all the overlays? We would be interested in using this in realtime in a robotics context so all of the grid lines etc. are a deal breaker.
Hi @jasonir129, welcome to the forum
From the user manual it doesn’t look like there’s an option to turn off the grid lines in the video stream output, but the user manual does mention there being an API, so it may be possible to get the data more directly via that (it seems you currently need to contact Sonoptix for the details of this).
I’ve asked internally whether we know more about that / can help facilitate that data access somehow (and will get back to you if so), but I agree that raw data access would make this more useful for applications beyond just during manual human control.
I suppose if it was critical to use the video stream as-is then the data extraction program could just ignore the values where the grid line pixels are, but intentionally ignoring data that the sensor is collecting definitely seems suboptimal.
Thanks, fingers crossed they have good news on that API. I’ve also reached out to NORBIT to get more information. But agreed, as is it seems like it’s positioned toward human consumption…
@EliotBR , just checking back and seeing if there was any update on this front. Any documentation on their API? Thanks in advance.
Last I heard was on 2/Nov, when Rusty was told by Sonoptix that they’re planning to start working on raw data output in two weeks (from then)
Wow ok, sounds unfinished… thanks for the update on that. We’re super interested but would want to see what the raw data output will look like before purchasing. Whenever you guys get that information would be great to see (or post to product page). Thanks!