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About Exploration Technology Lab

Exploration Technology Lab builds and deploys breakthrough systems and hardware to accelerate exploration and understanding of our natural and cultural heritage.

Exploration Technology

Extreme Exploration

Deep Ocean Dropcams are low-cost research tools for probing the deep ocean. Combining a high-definition camera and lights inside a glass pressure housing, it captures high-quality imagery of the deep sea floor, and has been deployed more than 300 times worldwide.

Exploration Technology

Conservation Technology

Exploration Technology Lab deploys advanced imaging sensors, machine learning algorithms and systems to provide real-time data for monitoring biodiversity distribution, patterns and trends; detect illegal fishing and poaching; and bring protected areas “to life”.

Exploration Technology

Immersive Imaging

Exploration Technology Lab produces groundbreaking imaging and visualization tools (i.e., 3D scans and ground-penetrating radar) that enable photographers, documentary filmmakers and science communicators to create transformative stories.




Experience the Okavango River Basin with NationaL Geographic & google 

In partnership with Google, our Google Voyager story uses the newly visualized Human Impact data and on-the-ground data and storytelling from National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project expeditions to see how we can better protect the natural resources and wildlife of regions like the Okavango watershed.

View the Voyager Story




Making an Impact for the Planet

Photographs by Martin Edstrom (Top Image) ; (Garamba National ParK scan) ; Dave McAloney (Dropcam) ; Steve winter (Camera Trap) ; Lucas Foglia (Immersive Imaging) ; Terry Virts/NASA (geogrpahic Visualization), Karine Aigner (Citizen Explorer), Manu San Félix (Impact Programs), Kenneth Geiger (Drone)