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OpenROVers in Virginia - New Meetup Started

Greetings enthusiast!

After a bit of a hiatus, I would like to announce a new interest group meetup in the Chesapeake Bay area. The ROV/AUV interest group is now up (mind the site, it's under construction) at This group was designed to bring together ROV/AUV…


Added by Jim N. on August 27, 2014 at 2:47am — No Comments

NEW - Create a Plugin for OpenROV

In case you missed it, Brian's been doing some awesome work. One of the most exciting developments is the ability to create plugins for OpenROV. Check out his full post on the forums:

Added by David Lang on August 24, 2014 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

ESC Programming and Calibration

Electronic speed controllers (ESCs) were completely new to me when I first assembled my OpenROV. This article documents my initial misunderstanding (and eventual understanding) of ESCs so that future builders can move forward with fewer glitches.

Added by Ray Hightower on August 22, 2014 at 8:34am — 3 Comments

Building a Hydrophone for the ROV

I am currently working on designing a hydrophone for OpenROV.  My starting point will be the following guide from NOAA.

My initial thought is to use a cheap microphone and encase in a small container filled with mineral oil.  However if anyone in the community has any tips, tricks, or would like to follow along and…


Added by Marius Antares on August 19, 2014 at 4:31pm — 5 Comments

Robots that know when something is wrong


So how do you know when something is going wrong with your robot?

Step 1: You need instrumentation.

We have lots of sensors and instrumentation in OpenROV, but the raw data is just that, data. It needs to be interpreted to create information we can…


Added by Brian A on August 17, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Awesome OpenExplorer Expeditions Part 1!

It's been incredible to see all the awesome expeditions that people have been posting to OpenExplorer!

We're so excited to follow along with all of them as plans, people, and resources come together. 

Here's a roundup of some I'm excited about:

The North Wales Mine Exploration:…


Added by David Lang on August 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Pressure Test End-Caps / Main-Tube

last night was after months of design and build the first pressure test. …


Added by Bernhard Hilz on August 14, 2014 at 2:31am — No Comments

Win an OpenROV kit by telling us what you'd explore with it!

Over the past few months, we've quietly been building a better way for OpenROVers to meet each other and share their adventures, dives and expeditions. It's called OpenExplorer.

Many of you have seen recent trips and dives that we've linked to here on the OpenROV blog. Now we want to hear from you! We're going to be GIVING AWAY 5 OpenROV…


Added by David Lang on August 13, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The T100 Thruster Kickstarter is Live!


Just a friendly reminder, the BlueRobotics T100 Thruster Kickstarter is live now! We designed the T100 for projects like the OpenROV that require a capable but affordable thruster.

Part of the Kickstarter campaign is an…


Added by Rustom Jehangir on August 12, 2014 at 7:26pm — 6 Comments

Maker Faire Sydney - With OpenROV

Calling all makers in the Sydney area:

Next weekend The Biggest Show (and Tell) is back to Sydney! This year even on 2 days and including Maker Talks, a series of 20 minute talks with insight into the Maker movement and…


Added by Dominik Fretz on August 9, 2014 at 3:40am — No Comments

New Video! (And a big THANK YOU!)

Eric sent me this note in the middle of the night:

I just re-watched the new video and this time I really saw how amazing it is to have so many friends doing this with us.  We're doing things that haven't been tried before, and they're all behind it. It's easy to overlook while there are so many technical…


Added by David Lang on August 7, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Iceberg Right Ahead!

Some days it's a good day to DIVE under an #iceberg with @OpenROV Phantom. Backstory:

— Erika Bergman (@erika_bergman)…


Added by David Lang on August 6, 2014 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Little Hawk Lake Dive!

Check out Dave Murphy's dive from Little Hawk Lake! They tested the housing - good to 288 ft. Next up with electronics and more video!

You can read more about their dive here:…


Added by David Lang on August 5, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

New Development image ready

For those of you who have been blocked on keeping up with the latest development code,  the new pre-compiled image is ready here:

For the last week,…


Added by Brian A on August 5, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Preview the BlueRobotics T100 Thruster Kickstarter!

Hello everyone,

My name is Rusty and I am from BlueRobotics. We've spent the last nine months developing an underwater thruster for marine robotics that…


Added by Rustom Jehangir on August 5, 2014 at 9:39am — 7 Comments

OpenRov #649 at the Dublin MakerFaire

Great day at the Dublin MakerFaire, lots of interest, questions and splashing about !!

The Team.

Busy day.…


Added by Richard O Brien on August 1, 2014 at 3:11am — No Comments

Recording your dives with Screencastify

We tried something new on our latest trip and test dives in Lake Tahoe. We used Screencastify to record the dives. It worked great!! 

In addition to capturing footage from the dive, it also captures a small video of the cockpit control room and adds commentary from the pilots. Hard to imagine…


Added by David Lang on July 31, 2014 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

Implosions are rumored to hold some interest, or Depth test II Debriefing Stage

I finally have some footage to show. :)

The Video is filmed at 90 frames per second, but played at 24 frames per second. so Slo-mo.

Skip ahead to 14:49 10 sec before the 2.6 endcap fails. The estimated depth is 147m! Nice!

The Next point skip to is 19:52. At 180m, the 1/2" endcap made from 2 x 1/4" disks fails 10…


Added by Darcy Paulin on July 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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