HoverSense: Hovercraft with Sensors

A fast amphibious USV, designed for hassle free temperature and humidity data recording.

Introduction Video

The Problem

To carry out simple measurements of surface water temperature and air humidity in oceans or lakes, sensors and vehicles needed to be deployed require manpower and logistics such as boats. Often this would requires to carry heavy equipment to jetty and loading it onto the boat.

The Solution

HoverSense is an amphibious USV designed to collect basic water temperature and air humidity data. Using hovercraft design, the HoverSense can traverse from land to water and vice versa without any modifications. The HoverSense is hassle free and easy to use.


  • Smartphone Connectivity: Control the HoverSense using the smartphone application.
  • Amphibious: No modification required for water/land transfer.
  • GPS Module: Know the velocity of the HoverSense and precise location where the data is gathered.
  • Lightweight: Weighing just over 1 kg, HoverSense is easy to transport.
  • Cost Effective: Require less manpower and time to set up.
  • Open Source: Source code and diagrams is available here for user to refer & modify it for their need.

How it Works

  1. Download the App and install it to your smartphone (Android).
  2. Connect to the HoverSense via Bluetooth.
  3. You’re ready to go! Data gathered by the sensors will be displayed on the phone screen and can be save as text file.



Who’s it for?

The HoverSense are suitable for researchers, government agency, companies, education institutes and individual that want to take simple measurements of temperature and humidity without involving large resources and manpower. The HoverSense can also be used to survey hard to reach places such as small caves and opening due to it’s small form factors compare to boats.

Designed by Students

From Left: Voo, Shong Jian, Erick, Wang Xue, Mun Kit.

Under the supervision of Singapore Polytechnic’s Engineering Academy lecturers, our 6-man team of engineering students managed to create the first prototype of HoverSense. The team members are:

  1. Erick Kristantio: Project Managers, Mechanical Engineering student
  2. Voo Tze Lin: Electrical Designer, Electrical Engineering student
  3. Fong Shong Jian: Electrical Designer, Electrical Engineering student
  4. Wang Xue: Writer & Video Editor, Engineering with Business student
  5. Woo Tian Hock: Mechanical Designer, Mechanical Engineering student
  6. Seat Mun Kit: Writer & Designer, Aerospace Engineering Student

Thank you!

Started 6 months ago, the project finally reaches it final milestones. We appreciate the advice and helps given by our lecturers and we are proud of what we can achieve within this timeline. Through many hours of building and troubleshooting the prototypes, we have grown together as a team and learned a lot of valuable lessons from everyone around us. With that, we would like to say thank you to everyone that have helped and watched us progressed throughout the semester. Thank you, everyone!

Group 3, signing out.

p.s: Kindly refer to our older blog posts to see how we came up with the HoverSense and other activities we did during the semester.

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