MIT researchers have designed an underwater robotic craft dubbed Odyssey IV. This new, small, and inexpensive vehicle is capable of hovering in place much like a helicopter.
In addition, it can move in a speed of up to two meters per second going straight ahead, giving it another advantage.
Odyssey IV can prove to be a valuable scientific instrument for deep water oil explorers, marine archaeologists, and oceanographers.
Odyssey IV differs from previous artificially intelligent submarines developed by the MIT Sea Grant College program's Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Laboratory, in that it can hover in place and doesn't need to keep moving forward at all times.
When stopping, Odyssey keeps correcting itself for currents and obstacles, thus holding its position, enabling it to make detailed inspections or to photograph the flora and fauna around an undersea vent.