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Introducing the Ping360 Scanning Sonar and Updated M200 Motor

Hello everyone! Today we have two new products to announce: the Ping360 Scanning Imaging Sonar and the updated M200 Motor! We’ve put together a launch video for the Ping360 and you can read about both products below.

The Ping360 Scanning Imaging Sonar

The Ping360 sonar is a mechanical scanning sonar. It’s designed primarily to be used on the BlueROV2 and other underwater ROVs for navigation in low-visibility water conditions, but it’s also suited for applications such as inspection, obstacle avoidance, target location and tracking, autonomous systems development, and more!

When mounted on an ROV, the Ping360 gives you a top-down view of the ROV’s surroundings. You can see echoes from objects like ropes, walls, dock pilings, rocks, shipwrecks, boats, and any other structures or objects that reflect sound waves. With that, you have reference points to navigate from, regardless of water visibility, and you can locate important features in the water quickly.

The Ping360 image overlaid on a top-down shot to illustrate how the sonar aids in navigation in low visibility.

The Ping360 image overlaid on a top-down shot to illustrate how the sonar aids in navigation in low visibility.

Like our Ping Echosounder, the Ping360 interface with the open-source Ping Viewer application to provide a realtime view of sonar data. The sonar also has an open communication interface so that you can grab the data directly for other applications.

The Ping360 is available today for $1,975 USD, less than half the price of any other scanning sonar on the market! You can read more about it on the product page here.

Updated M200 Motor

We have an exciting update to one of our earliest products, the M200 Motor.

The updated M200 Motor has a stainless steel base, a solid overmolded stator, and, unlike the original version, 1 m (40 in) of cable. It’s super flexible and can be used in a wide variety of applications such as custom thrusters, surface vessel propulsion, pumps, gear drives, and more. We put together a 3d printed centrifugal pump to demonstrate one of the many ways that the M200 can be used.

3D printed centrifugal pump with the M200 motor.

3D printed centrifugal pump with the M200 motor.

Check out the product page for more examples and information.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading and see ya next time!

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  1. Your company is knocking it out of the park, can’t wait to get one.

  2. I’ve been lucky enough to witness ping360 development firsthand, and have been testing prototype m200s for almost a year. It’s incredibly robust, works well when used with a potted encoder, and delivers every bit of the rated torque and power. I’ve seen it used in spur and worm based drive trains with great success, as well as coupled to impellers for miniature thrust applications. Well engineered!

  3. Hi guys,

    Finally received my windows 10 laptop so I could test the ping 360 properly. As mentioned by support other versions of windows are not supported. I tried running it on windows 8 and it was hanging a lot.

    Did a bench test for an hour and it worked well but still sometime hangs for a few seconds before it gets going again. This is without changing any settings at 2 m range. It did this maybe once every 10 minutes as far as I could tell.

    Scanning is not smooth at increased range.

    Is this something you have observed?

    Other comments as mentioned in the email:

    • Having a scan reverse button for when the pilot needs to follow a target
    • Having the background solid black as an option
    • Adding measurement capabilities between two targets

    Have a look at how I do this on my Oceancault - Recorder software when measuring items from video footage using laser references. (being that your scale is defined, this should be a lot easier.)

    But all in said, it looks like a very decent product at a price range many of us are happy with.

    Looking forward to your next innovation. Hopefully in the thruster area :slight_smile:


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