for Unmanned Vehicle Pilots and Teams.
Office of Naval Research Code 34 to utilize AR/VR for unmanned vehicle control of swarms through an SBIR Phase II.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
Navy EOD PMS 408 and working with them on the MESR program of record through an SBIR Phase II.
Who We Are
Blue Ring Imaging™ was launched in 2019 for the purpose of building AR/VR situational and battlespace awareness products for the DoD and commercial customers. Our headquarters is in St. Petersburg, Florida with an experienced engineering team specialized in XR interaction, design, and Unreal Engine/Unity development distributed around the U.S.
Casey Sapp - CEO
Casey’s background is in underwater technology innovation for Hollywood creating many first of its kind systems including the first 360º 3D underwater camera system, the first underwater 360º live broadcast (GMA), the first ROV VR piloting system (MBARI), the first 360º cinematic camera on a submarine, and the highest resolution underwater cinematic camera system in the world (MSG Sphere). Blue Ring Imaging has been awarded 3 different SBIRs to expand the ROV VR offering in the Navy and Air Force for teleoperations and artificial intelligence applications. Previously he was a part of Parchment Inc which was a startup in the ed-tech sector and was acquired.
Jake Easterling - CTO
Jake’s background is in electronic engineering and systems engineering having worked with L3 Harris, Dive Technologies, and started his own autonomous AUV company named Scubotics which Blue Ring acquired the assets and IP in 2022.
Rod Sheffield - Lead Systems Engineer
Rod has 30 years of experience in Systems Engineering and Product Management Consulting, with a specialization in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. He has deployed several streaming video, audio, and metadata products to the Navy, Missile Defense Agency, and technology startups over his career.
Ben Syzek - Lead XR Interaction and UI/UX Designer
Ben has worked in numerous startups as a software engineer, visual effects artist, and game engine designer. He has a Masters in Neuroscience from Michigan State University for with a focus on Human Performance and AI.
Randy Brandenburg - Federal & Blue Tech Advisor
Randy Brandenburg served 30 years as an executive in the aerospace and defense sector at Raytheon Technologies focused on the design and delivery of complex systems to global naval and maritime forces. Randy started his career in engineering and evolved into program management where he directed both the surface warfare and undersea product lines. Randy finished his career overseeing business development and strategy for Raytheon Technologies’ global naval portfolio. Randy currently works with innovators delivering game-changing technologies to the blue economy.