Back in 2012, David Lang and Eric Stackpole joined forces to create an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). It wasn’t plain sailing, but with a few tweaks here and there, they got it right.
Dubbed OpenROV, their open-source underwater telerobotic submarine is sold as a kit for low-budget exploration and education. The little robot has a camera on it, which sends live video images up to the surface.
The company also has a community of about 3 000 DIY contributors continually suggesting improvements.
30 cm long, 20 cm wide and 15 cm tall, the OpenROV weights approximately 2,5 kg and has been designed to go to depths of up to 100 m – although the robot has been tested in ocean water to depths of only 20 m.
The first real test of OpenROV in a dynamic ocean environment was at the Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research lab. Watch OpenROV explore Aquarius…