Carbon Wave Glider
Manufactured by Liquid Robotics, the wave gliders, classified as Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (UMV), are one of the latest technological advances in the field of autonomous vehicles. Each wave glider is made up of a 7-foot long surfboard-like float that is tethered to 23-foot-cord attached to a submerged glider that controls speed and direction.
The wave glider immediately converts wave motion into thrust, pulling the float along a programmed or piloted path, while solar panels replenish the batteries for sensors and communications. Data are transmitted to shore via satellite and pilots can control the wave gliders from any device with an Internet connection.