This mouse is all wet. Opening the door to the next stage of "bring it with you" technology, researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are taking computer technology to new heights—or depths, rather—with their new underwater computer mouse. Born out of the need to adapt software developed for traditional computing applications into the underwater environment, the "marine mouse" allows a diver to point and click on objects that are displayed on an underwater computer screen. David Zawada (pictured), a graduate student at Scripps, is part of the team in Dr. Jules Jaffe’s lab (http://pandora.ucsd.edu) that developed the new device, used recently in studies to gauge the health of coral reefs via digital underwater photography.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About UC San Diego
At the University of California San Diego, we constantly push boundaries and challenge expectations. Established in 1960, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to take risks and redefine conventional wisdom. Today, as one of the top 15 research universities in the world, we are driving innovation and change to advance society, propel economic growth, and make our world a better place. Learn more at www.ucsd.edu.