Hello Sailors! I have a small side hustle building Iridium
short-burst data (SBD) terrestrial and marine
sensors for the research
community. Many of our units have cameras that allow sending back images
from anywhere in the world outside of cellular service
Recently I built a bolt-on unit for a friend's offshore
sailing trip to Europe
from the US. Attaching some pics of the device and example image.
-Website dashboard allows friends/family to view track of the boat
and send image commands to take their own photos. There are options to change resolution and compression
of the images
. Photos cost anywhere from $5-$15. Users can try to time the image for a great sunset photo
-Selfie Button allows those onboard boat
to immediately send back an image to the website and family/friends will be notified. Camera
can be rotated in any direction for privacy.
-Tracking cost is roughly $30/mo for updates every 2 hrs. This can be modified remotely through the Maker Buoy dashboard.
-Unit cost will be approximately USD $1,150, but exploring rental options for those don't want to purchase
the unit outright.
Looking for a volunteer who would be willing to install a unit for an upcoming offshore
trip to gain performance and marketing
data. Unit would be free, with tester only paying for monthly fees
and any personal photos taken.
Please get in touch with me if you're interested. Also looking for general interest in this capability. I'm aware Iridium
Go is available and popular, but this unit is self-contained and allows friends/family to participate in your adventure!
You can find more info on our buoy operations at:
Look forward to hearing your feedback!