New Life after the Rains and the Jetson

The team’s brand new semester starts off by executing the ideas that were discussed to make this project successful. With our deadline set to have deliverable results by the end of March this team is focused on bringing these concepts to life in the time we have left.

A New Year for the Fish


Image 1: A couple of Chinook spotted in December

We have our thanks to Dr. Allee form South Bay Clean Creek Coalition (SBCCC) for consulting us of the current status concerning the spawning of the Salmon. For a female Salmon, it’s important for them to select the right location where there is a good flow of water that can provide enough oxygen to their eggs, they will then die after completing their parental duty of securing the egg nest. The SBCCC organization counts these carcasses for record keeping and also formulates an estimation of Salmon in the river. The organization believes that around 100 fish returned to spawn this year; however, that number is in the best case scenario.

It’s extremely difficult to observe any of the hatchlings at this time of year because of the recent rains that we had in the Bay area. This causes sediment deposits to alter the properties river by decreasing visibility, finding fish at this moment is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Conditions will return to normal towards the beginning of next month for testing the device.

The Brains of the System

We have acquired the Jetson TX2 and using it to analyze the images and videos collected from the river. This was made for AI application so it should have no problem doing the work we want it to do. The team intends to mount this device on the final product equipped along with a webcam to perform real-time analysis, so we have to be sure that it’s container is air and water tight. Future iteration of the project can take advantage of this device’s features and processing power. It currently has Jetpack and Ubuntu installed to equip it with software tools.


Imge 2: The Jetson TX2 by NVIDIA


Design Review and Feedback

On October 24th, 2018 the ROV team had its first design. During the review, the team gave a 10-minute presentation of the current design ideas and future goals. The team also answered questions from community members and industry leaders.

During the presentation, we received extremely helpful advice as well as new ideas to try out that the team had never considered before.

Stay posted for more updates that the team is working on, based on the review feedback, to improve our design and give the team a better shot at success.

IBM IoT Workshop at SJSU

During Friday 12, 2018 Tom Zimmerman-master inventor at IBM research-and his team visited the SJSU campus to train the ROV3 team on suing IBM cloud to upload images to the cloud. During the event, the team used Raspberry Pi Zeros to build and deploy IoT applications that will be deployed on the ROV.

Tommaso, an IBM engineer teaching the ROV software team to create IoT applications using IBM cloud.

Additionally, the team used the time available with Zimmerman to discuss the technical challenges of deploying a microscope on the river’s turbulent waters.

ROV’s team lead inspecting fresh water samples.