LAS VEGAS -- A Sunnyvale company that makes long-endurance glider robots used by marine scientists and oil companies to study the ocean is looking to land more government work.
Liquid Robotics makes unmanned vehicles, called Wave Gliders, that float on the ocean's surface and generate power through the ebb and flow of the ocean. (See it operate in the video below.)
Because it converts wave motion into thrust, the wake-board-like device can travel to a distant area, collect data and return for maintenance for a year at a time.
The gliders, which are outfitted with advanced sensors and can communicate with one another, have been used by scientists to measure storms, oil companies to examine sea beds, and the Navy for reconnaissance missions.