British Columbia-based SEAMOR Marine is releasing an all new Handheld Control Pendant to pair with its remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs).
According to the company, the SEAMOR pendant is ergonomic, lightweight, easy to use, and more comfortable for pilots who are undertaking long jobs.
SEAMOR Marine said it wanted to give users the option to step away from the console when needed while still being able to control the vehicle, particularly during launch and retrieval of the ROV, or when using an alternate display when navigating via sonar or other instruments.
Utilizing Logitech F310 handheld controller, the pendant is intuitive and users will quickly adapt to this new accessory. Controls for the thrusters, camera tilt angle, and camera lights, are mapped onto the pendant’s control sticks and buttons, and other vehicle functions can be configured for clients’ specific needs, the company explains.
A single button press enables or disables the pendant, allowing the pilot to switch back and forth between the handheld controller and the main console panel as needed. The pendant incorporates a fail-safe design that returns control back to the panel if the pendant becomes disconnected or loses power, with the video monitor displaying the pendant’s status. The SEAMOR Handheld Control Pendant weighs under 300 grams and is compatible with any of our Steelhead, Chinook and Mako ROVs, as well as any legacy SEAMOR Marine vehicles via their standard control console.
SEAMOR Marine’s president, Robin Li, says: “The SEAMOR Control Pendant puts cutting-edge control right in the palm of your hand. This accessory has been long requested by our customers, and we are happy to have a solution now readily available to pair with our vehicles.”