The Roboboat Mark VI is part of a fleet of anonymous robots that are being launched to data collect in the world's oceans.
The team say that even one boat will make a lot of difference to data collection, tracking ocean currents, climate change and water resources -- information necessary in creating informed policies about the world's oceans. However, without crowdfunding, research and development of unmanned boats takes far longer.
Five boats have been developed and deployed over the last several years.
The Kickstarter campaign managed to reach $83,424 in funding, based on a $80,000 goal.