The Singularity Beast is an unmanned, remotely-operated research boat that is powered completely by solar panels. The vessel floats on a pair of pontoons, which a raised platform that houses the various electronics. The control system for the boat is built around a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, and that provides both remote control and artificial intelligence-based autopilot features. If the remote control connection is ever lost, the Beast can find its way back to its starting point automatically.
While it’s out on the water, the Beast can be controlled with either a smartphone or a laptop, both of which receive a live video feed. That makes it a true ROV (Remotely-Operated Vehicle). Not all of it’s functionality is completely working yet, as the Solar Olympics aren’t held until later this year. But The Singularity Engineers plan to make it capable of measuring water depth, water temperature, waste removal, and more. That would be noteworthy coming from a professional team of engineers, and is even more impressive since the team is made up of secondary school students.