Extendable Monopod for Underwater WiFi Communication

Extendable Monopod for Underwater WiFi Communication

Docket: UAH-P-15021


Remotely controlled compact high-definition cameras have steadily risen in popularity since the introduction of the GoPro camera in 2004. The demand for peripherals (cases, mounts, etc.) has risen simultaneously with demand for these cameras. Although the camera remote controls are waterproof to 33 feet, they cannot be used to control the cameras underwater, as their wireless signal is lost underwater.

Researchers at UAH have developed an extendable monopod with embedded wireless transmission capability. The monopod device mounts a remote HD camera on one end and its remote control on the other. The remote attaches to an embedded antenna that is situated close enough to the mounted camera to overcome signal attenuation.

The extendable monopod accepts existing cameras and remote controls, thus eliminating costly redesign.


  • Underwater photography
  • Any application where ability to remotely control an underwater camera is desired


  • Greater underwater camera control
  • Provides a way to remotely control high definition remote cameras underwater
  • Cost effective


  • State of Development: Proof of concept
  • Licensing Status: Available for licensing
  • Patent Status: Proprietary