Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

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Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by Seb85 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:56 am

Walked around Docklands on my lunch break and saw few people with tech stuff. Looks like a family of brother and sister, Mum and Dad don't talk English.

They got underwater drone and computer screen showing underwater footage and a check board looking thing on the screen. When a lady and I asked them what they're doing, the boy said "doing research, now is not a good time to talk because I have to talk to someone (on loud speaker phone)"

Any idea what they're might be doing?
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Re: Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by Bayrock » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:30 pm

hmm.
The lack of identifying insignia from a research organisation along with poor english is of concern.

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Re: Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by Fish-cador » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:04 pm

They were probably looking for the cranka crabs i lost in that area.

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Re: Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by hornet » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:07 pm

Hi Tech Pipi hunters !

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Re: Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by Seb85 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:23 pm

Bayrock wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:30 pm
hmm.
The lack of identifying insignia from a research organisation along with poor english is of concern.
The two kids speak english pretty fluent. Probably uni kids.
But yeah, very unusual and secretive. Wonder if there's 'license' required to do a research in public place.
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Re: Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by Lightningx » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:35 pm

hornet wrote:
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Re: Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by ChrisTaylor » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:29 pm

Ha. I'm a Science & Technology teacher, and I've had some of my students build something called a SeaPerch (https://www.seaperch.org/index). The short version: a SeaPerch is a kit-built remote control sub. It's made mostly from cheap parts (simple DC motors, PVC pipes, off-cuts from pool noodles) so students can easily modify it. Of course, you could attach a GoPro to one. It's hard to tell, but it looks a little bit like a SeaPerch. My students use an inflatable pool, but if our school was close to a pier we'd be throwing them into the bay, too. I reckon you'd get some nice footage driving around the pylons of piers and docks.

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Incidentally, if anyone thinks the SeaPerch idea is kind of neat, you can order one from the website. Shipping is fiercely expensive, and the US/Australian dollar doesn't make matters any better, but it'd be easy enough to assemble one with your kids. I've had Grade 3/4s and 5/6s assemble them without too much trouble. The base design is a bit rubbish, and I reckon that's deliberate -- the whole point is students modify it.

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Re: Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by smile0784 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:38 pm

Looks and sounds a bit fishy

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Re: Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by j_pap » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:06 pm

Seb85 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:56 am
Walked around Docklands on my lunch break and saw few people with tech stuff. Looks like a family of brother and sister, Mum and Dad don't talk English.

They got underwater drone and computer screen showing underwater footage and a check board looking thing on the screen. When a lady and I asked them what they're doing, the boy said "doing research, now is not a good time to talk because I have to talk to someone (on loud speaker phone)"

Any idea what they're might be doing?
Spying on those peski bream.

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Re: Unusual 'research' activity in Docklands

Post by happyfriggincamper » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:58 pm

Bayrock wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:30 pm
hmm.
The lack of identifying insignia from a research organisation along with poor english is of concern.
Not nessecarily true. Universities have research departments that are made up of local and international professional researchers + HDRs that would perform legit funded research without branding of their company on them while in the field.



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