Bremen Invest looks at Kraken Robotik GmbH a new German startup. They discuss the company’s new 3D imaging sensor with millimeter accuracy for underwater industrial activities and deep sea exploration. The first prototype of a camera with brand new sensor technology was built in Canada and presented to industry professionals at the Ocean Business conference in Southampton, United Kingdom, in April. Dr. Jakob Schwendner, the Managing Director of Kraken Sonar Inc.’s German subsidiary, completed a doctorate in robotics in Bremen. For the past ten years he has worked at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). The robotics expert is familiar with extreme environments and the challenges they pose, having spent many years researching space robotics.
Since January 2016, Bill Spencer has been running the Dartmouth branch of Kraken Sonar, the Newfoundland-based marine tech firm that moved into Nova Scotia at the same time. Since starting there, Spencer has brought on board four of his former Rolls-Royce colleagues — mechanical engineers Henry Vietinghoff and Ryan Ferguson, electrical engineer James Mallett and designer Dan Kehoe.
Spencer told the Chronicle Herald they’re designing an autonomous launch and recovery system for Kraken’s Newfoundland designed and built Katfish, a torpedo-like device that captures high resolution images of the seabed in real time.
Kraken’s Dr. Jeremy Dillon discusses the advantages of the company’s next generation acoustic velocity sensors. Kraken’s Correlation Velocity Log (CVL) technology resulted as an offshoot of research on its synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) technology. The CVL is a viable replacement for the incumbent industry technology, the Doppler Velocity Log (DVL).