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Robot At Sea Tweets Photos In Path Of Hurricanes Headed Towards Hawaii

by Tim Fang
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Picture of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii taken from the Wave Glider Holoholo robot on August 7, 2014. (CBS)

Picture of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii taken from the Wave Glider Holoholo robot on August 7, 2014. (CBS)

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HONOLULU (CBS SF) — As residents of Hawaii prepare for the possibility of two hurricanes making landfall, a robot at sea developed by a Silicon Valley firm is tweeting pictures of the worsening conditions.

The Wave Glider Holoholo is taking pictures as it heads toward the paths of Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio.

Twitter users can message Holoholo to request pictures, find out its location, along with the weather conditions where it is located.

According to CNET, the Holoholo is a Wave Glider SV3 autonomous data center, essentially a self-powered floating server rack. The SV3 can be powered with solar or wave power, and users have the ability to investigate the open sea for months at a time.

Developed by Liquid Robotics of Sunnyvale, the SV3 costs $300,000.

According to The Associated Press, Iselle’s outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday as it approached landfall. Iselle is poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the islands in 22 years.

Hurricane Julio, a Category 2 storm, is about 1,000 miles behind Iselle and is projected to head north of the islands early Sunday morning.

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