Wally is a submarine robot made in Germany and created by a team lead by Laurenz Thomsen from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany.
Wally’s special feature is the ability to be controlled directly through a computer connected to the internet in Germany for example, while the robot is 900 m underwater off the coast of Canada.
Wally, an autonomous robot, began its underwater exploration work in December 2009 for the Canadian observatory, Neptune (North East Pacific Time-series Undersea Networked Experiments).
The robot can measure many things, such as temperature, pressure, strength of ocean currents, salinity of water, methane concentration, etc.
The data and energy it needs to move are transmitted by cable via observatory stations in the Neptune network (6 observatories connected by 800 km of cables).
Wally has 1.5 km2 of observation ground available.