OpenROV - The Open Source Underwater Robot

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    OpenROV is a brand new Kickstarter project that already has doubled its fundraising goal. Why? Well who doesn't want a DIY submarine that putts around at a meter a second, goes to depths of 300 feet and is open-source? Laser-cut DIY kits start at $775. You can get a fully assembled OpenROV for $1200. Better hurry, early DIY kits already sold out. More below.

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    OpenROV is an open source robotic submarine designed to make underwater exploration possible for everyone. It's also an online community of professional and amateur ROV (remotely operated vehicle) enthusiasts on OPENROV.

    FAQs

    How deep can it go?

    Structurally, OpenROV has been designed to go to 100m depth. However, we've only tested it to depths of about 20m so far.

    Does it work in salt water?

    Yes, but the salt water accelerates the corrosion of the brushless motors. Our current strategy has been to spray them with silicon mold release before use and to give them a fresh-water rinse after every salt water dive. This seems to work pretty well, but more testing is needed. If the motors do need to be replaced, they are low cost and off the shelf. The community is working hard to develop ways to make the motors run longer and stronger.


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    Kit info:
    OpenROV - The Open Source Underwater Robot by OpenROV » "Included in Kit" List — Kickstarter

    <iframe width="640" height="480" src="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/openrov/openrov-the-open-source-underwater-robot/widget/video.html" frameborder="0"> </iframe>

    More:
    OpenROV - The Open Source Underwater Robot by OpenROV &mdash; Kickstarter
     
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  3. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Man that thing is cool!
     
  4. bullyhaze

    bullyhaze Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Man thats cool as bunz
     
  5. Llubel89

    Llubel89 Astrea Snail

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    So SICK!! I want one
     
  6. Camkha1234

    Camkha1234 Great Blue Whale

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    That's awesome! If only I could afford one :(
     
  7. hingedthinker

    hingedthinker Fire Worm

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    Open source! So it will be 80% complete .... Forever... And ever...
     
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  9. leichr0220

    leichr0220 Astrea Snail

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    looks really cool, open up the market to fishermen...
     
  10. 1.0reef

    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    Does it have a good camera? My computer is semi broken and is mute right now.
     
  11. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Looks like they are using a Microsoft HD (Logitech) webcam. From what I can tell that model has auto focus, my guess is pretty good quality.

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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002XN7C6W
     
  12. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Nice.
    Anyone buying one or becoming a supporter of their project?

    matt