Aquatic Robotics

The OpenROV Project

Posted 2 Jan 2013 at 20:19 UTC by steve Share This

The National Geographic Explorers Journal blog brought to our attention the OpenROV Project, which was recently funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $100,000 USD. The project was founded by friends Eric and David, who wanted to build an ROV from low-cost off-the-shelf parts. The OpenROV can be used for educational purposes or for actual underwater exploration. The current version of the OpenROV is limited to a depth of 100 meters but the design is open source and you're invited to modify and improve it. In addition to the open source hardware, this little underwater robot relies on open source software running on a GNU/Linux-based embedded processor. There's a USB HD video camera and LED light arrays on board too so you can see where you're going. At present the OpenROV is strictly a DIY project that you build from the designs and source code available on the OpenROV wiki. But kits for about $750 and even fully assembled ROVs should be available soon. Read on to see the original kickstarter video that describes the ROV and a more recent video of the ROV in action

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