OpenROV is a community of people working together to create a more accessible, affordable, and awesome platform for underwater exploration. By working together, we've created the OpenROV submarine- an open-source underwater robot that sends live video up to a computer on the surface and allows the user to control where it goes. (Here's a little bit more history about who we are and why we're doing what we're doing.)
If you want to start building an OpenROV there are two routs you can take:
OpenROV is open source (code and design files), so we provide all the files, build notes, and bill of materials you'll need to build one yourself. If you want to go this route, you'll need to source your own parts. You can find links to our design files, and Bill of Materials (parts list) below:
Warning: All of these are in process of being updated for v2.5- stay posted. (We'll take away this warning once the new information is up)
OpenROV is not only open source, we're also crowdsourced, which means we rely on feedback from our community to help us grow. If you have ideas for how we can make the design better, places we should go with the ROV, or really anything that you think would benefit people interested in underwater exploration, please post on our forums page! Also, if you have any questions, the forums are a great place to get answers.
Assembly of OpenROV v2.5 can be done over a weekend, and most sections take less then an hour. Instructions for each part of building process can be found in the OpenROV 2.5 Instruction Set.
Improvements and features are continually added by builders who have found better solutions. So check back often for the latest design updates. Remember, if you have questions, you can always visit the OpenROV builder's forum.
Building the OpenROV doesn't require being a robotics expert or having a degree in engineering, but it helps to have a little bit of experience with soldering, cutting, gluing, etc. Generally, we'd describe the kit as being a high school-level building experience (but we're always amazed at how capable very young people are at figuring this kind of stuff out). Before committing to putting an OpenROV together, we recommend you look through the instruction set to get a feel for what building an OpenROV will be like.
Once you've built an OpenROV, there are a ton of places out there to explore and we LOVE hearing stories of underwater adventures done with technology developed here. If you have a good idea for a place to explore, want to hear some suggestions for expeditions, or want to talk about an adventure you've already had, we'd recommend looking at the Adventures section of the forums. If you still have the building bug after your ROV is ready to go, check out the Payloads section on the forums and see if you get any ideas for cool things to add to the ROV (suggestions also welcome!)
Our dream with OpenROV is to make it so that anyone can be an explorer. There are endless adventures to be had and discoveries to be made beneath the waves, and we hope that by making technology to explore the deep available to everybody, our understanding of the largest and most life-filled region of our planet will be come a little more well understood.
Have fun, learn a lot, and explore the unknown!