Ben Sherlock

Benjamin Sherlock: Engineer and researcher in electronics, software and acoustics.

Remote hardware development and testing in the lab

In the late summer of 2020 the university allowed us to return, in a covid-secure manner, to our lab. The plan for our sea trials was back on. Now instead of working solely from home, or being full-time in the… Continue Reading →

Grow Your Own Ginger Beer Plant Recipe

I was looking how to grow my own ginger beer plant. A true Ginger Beer Plant consists of a symbiotic relationship of a particular strain of yeast and a particular bacteria. This recipe is more of a yeast starter. Although… Continue Reading →

About A Buoy

Six months ago, on a cheerful day in August 2019, we deployed our Mobilis DB 2000 databuoy off the coast of Blyth. Named ANGY (Acoustic Network Gateway buoY) and operated remotely from SEA Lab, the buoy provides a hub for… Continue Reading →

Building a bed

We recently updated our bed. Not that exciting in itself, but the assembly process was somewhat involved. So the information below may prove useful to others considering buying one of these beds, or who also have questions during the assembly… Continue Reading →

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ : USB Power Enable/Disable

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ has 4 USB ports and an ethernet port. In our application we will be using a USB sound card to sample a hydrophone. But when not in use the sound card will need powering… Continue Reading →

Ocean Discovery XPRIZE: Building a SONAR System

The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE has been set up to focus technological innovation to address the very specific aim of fast, large-scale, autonomous mapping of the ocean floor across the globe. At this stage there are nine teams from around the… Continue Reading →

How I Wrote My Thesis

I wrote the article below just after I had submitted the softbound copy of my thesis for examination back in 2017. It is more of a summary and overview of the tools that I used, and the approach I took… Continue Reading →

Everything Stops For T… (thesis)

It’s been a while. A good two and a half years to be more precise, since last writing on here. It’s no coincidence that this period covered the main writing of the PhD thesis, and the Viva, the corrections, the… Continue Reading →

M-OCK Example

A short example MATLAB script for producing a M-OCK signal followed by a simplistic decoder. Assumes perfect synchronisation. This is a short and (overly) simple example for producing a bandlimited M-OCK signal and subsequently demodulating the received signal. This example… Continue Reading →


Fire-gazing: A way to unwind, almost meditation-like, by staring at a fire or similar naturally random scene (aquarium activity, water flowing in a river/beck, leaves whirling around in the wind) whilst allowing the mind to freely wander. An interesting aside: “Fire Good. Make… Continue Reading →

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