By Wolfgang Rattay

Reuters robotic cameras will not only be hung high up at the Olympics venues but will also go underwater.

We have developed a remote-controlled “underwater photographer” that can hold its breath for the duration of the Olympic Aquatic competitions at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Let me tell you briefly about the history of Reuters underwater news photography.

In 2005, at the Montreal World Aquatic Championships, Canada chief photographer Peter Jones used the first underwater housing with the first model digital camera that could send pictures through our ftp-server installed poolside.

(Photo by Christine Muschi)

After improving our system through several European and World Aquatic Championships, we have reached the London Olympics; putting us on another level of technology that we will use to be competitive.