On Sunday the 2nd March history was made at the Anne shipwreck Pett Level when the Shipwreck Museum Hastings welcomed Professor Robert Stone Director, Human Interface Technologies Team University of Birmingham School of Electronic, Electrical & Computer Engineering and two of his students Chris Bibb and Vish Shingari to the 2014 Anne survey programme.
The technology Bob Stone bought with him was a DJI Phantom 2 Vision known also as a “quadcopter”. It has a camera and inbuilt GPS and is remotely controlled with four engines and flies very nimbly like a helicopter. With Wi-Fi technology a mobile phone is attached to the flight controller and the camera transmits live feed as it is flying. Jacqui Stanford the Director of the Museum and Licensee of the Anne said “What an amazing morning with a great sunrise, the storms had done their worse throughout the last few months which meant that the Anne was revealed in all her glory and now we have amazing images. It is always a privilege to work on the Anne, but Sunday was in a league of its own.
Our ultimate aim is to raise the funds to enable the University of Birmingham to produce a 3D image of the Anne so that our visitors to the Museum will be able to take a virtual reality tour of this historic ship. Huge thanks to Bob Stone and his team at the University of Birmingham who have funded this project thus far. Bob said the visit had been “fabulous” and that about sums it up!”