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All in One Control Box Unifies Viewing Screen, Video Recording, and ROV Movement; New Tether Reel Speeds Up Deployment of Up to 1000 Feet of Tether

Underwater Intervention, New Orleans, LA, February 27, 2002 -VideoRay LLC today introduces two new components for the VideoRay Pro ROV (remotely operated vehicle) that add to the 8-pound underwater robot’s portability and ease of use. The new Professional Rapid Deployment System (PRDS) includes two components: the Tether Deployment Reel (TDR); and the Integrated Control Box (ICB), which integrates a viewing screen, 3-axis joystick for ROV movement, and space for a MiniDV digital recording device or camcorder. These accessories and VideoRay ROVs are on display in Booth #526/528 at Underwater Intervention at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Before the introduction of the ICB, the VideoRay pilot had to transport a separate monitor or TV screen to see the video captured through the VideoRay’s camera eye. Likewise, the user would have to connect a VCR or other recording device to capture the video. With the introduction of the ICB, a 12inch daylight-viewable, 1300 NIT LCD Display monitor option can be integrated with the controls for remote operation of the VideoRay sub. There is a space within the control box panel to fit a high-quality MiniDV digital recording device or camcorder, which is sold separately. The ICB, without the LCD option, is now the standard control box for the VideoRay Pro II and is available in April, 2002. The 12 inch monitor option is priced at $2,995 USD.

The Tether Deployment Reel (TDR) quickly pays out and pulls tether, eliminating tangles and the need for the ROV pilot to coil the tether. The reel is incorporated in a 1620 Pelican® Case and features a detachable crank handle with a smooth feed for up to 1000 feet of tether. The TDR saves time through easy, neat, and rapid deployment / retrieval. The TDR has a list price of $1,900 USD and is available in April, 2002.