Newswise — Thomas Bewley is the director of the Flow Control and Coordinated Robotics Labs at the University of California San Diego. He and his team have developed a system to build and coordinate scores of sensor-laden balloons to monitor hurricanes. Using onboard GPS and cellphone-grade sensors, each drifting balloon becomes part of a ``swarm’’ of robotic vehicles, which can periodically report, via satellite uplink, their position, the local temperature, pressure, humidity and wind velocity.

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