Gadgets and Gizmos: Inside the Nat Geo Tech Lab

Gadgets and Gizmos: Inside the Nat Geo Tech Lab

Meet the engineers who create technology for National Geographic expeditions.

Grades

5 - 12

Subjects

Biology, Engineering

Program
NG Live

This video was filmed on March 24, 2012 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., United States.


Introduction

National Geographic's Mark Bauman, Eric Berkenpas, and Mike Shepard give a special look at the gadgets and gizmos inside the Nat Geo technology lab. There is nothing National Geographic's team of intrepid engineers can't create to get the "shot" from high in the sky or the deepest depths of the ocean. Mark Bauman is the executive vice president of National Geographic Television. Eric Berkenpas is lead engineer of a small engineering team that develops specialized equipment to help National Geographic media groups, collaborating researchers, and explorers meet their technology needs in the field. Mike Shepard, a design engineer, has specialized in designing submersible equipment and has been a field engineer for 14 National Geographic projects.


Outline

  • Introduction: How do you get that extreme "shot?" (start-1:52 min.)

  • Video: attempting to put a Crittercam on a great white shark (1:53-4:47 min.)

  • About Crittercams: a camera, a computer, and deployment (4:48-5:48 min.)

  • Video: a great white shark's point of view (5:49-6:23 min.)

  • Building cameras for Australian sea lions during a snowstorm (6:24-7:09 min.)

  • Video: First-ever observed benthic feeding behavior of Australian sea lions (7:10-7:46 min.)

  • Video: First-ever video of a humpback whale calf nursing and bubblenet feeding (7:47-8:36 min.)

  • Building camera traps to capture natural animal behavior: mountain lion (8:37-9:46 min.)

  • Using helicopters as cameras (9:47-10:58 min.)

  • Video: When helicopters crash (10:59-11:44 min.)

  • Developing stable helicopters and aerial views of Guam (11:45-13:00 min.)

  • Exploring the ocean with dropcams (13:01-16:27 min.)

  • Getting footage from the deepest parts of the ocean (16:28-20:34 min.)

  • The Sun Sphere lights up the bottom of the ocean: Santorini (20:35-22:03 min.)

  • Helping underwater archaeologists overcome challenges (22:04-23:18 min.)

  • Video: Laser scanning a skull (23:19-24:13 min.)

  • Sub Bottom Profiler: x-ray vision at the bottom of lakes (24:14-25:21 min.)

  • Video: discovering ancient underwater walls (25:22-27:27 min.)

 


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Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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