Liquid Robotics’ Waveglider is an autonomous submersible that explores the ocean using the power of the sun and waves. As Roger Hine explains at Bay Area Maker Faire 2011, the Waveglider can either traverse the waters on its own, converting the up-and-down motion of the waves into forward propulsion, or can be controlled remotely by a user with a GPS satellite link.

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Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

  • Anonymous

    A couple shots of the whole thing would have been nice, rather than shot after shot of macro racking focus.


  • John Wolter

    I don’t think this qualifies as a submersible.  It’s basically a surface vessel.  I’m with wikkit, I’d like to see more of the overall vehicle.

  • Nicholas Battafarano

    Thought you might want to know, your m4v link doesn’t work either here or in the itunes podcast. 

    • Jinx BH

      still not working today

  • Ernesto Sett

    You guys managed to produce a MTV style video about some technical device without showing the device! I guess not a single viewer has any idea how this thing looks after watching this. 
    Target missed (big way)!

  • Journal of Robotics

    ‘Liquid Robotics’ newest innovation in the field of robotic wave gliders is a solar-powered robot named Alex, is swimming through the Atlantic Ocean off the cost of Puerto Rico, to collect vital information, which will be used to predict future tropical storms and hurricanes.