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Job at OpenROV HQ

We're looking to bring on a Production Assistant here at the HQ in Berkeley. We're moving into a new space and production will be ramping up. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Contribute to the production and assembly of OpenROV kits and fully-assembled OpenROVs.
  • Assist with documentation and presentation
  • Assist with Ordering, Packing and Shipping
  • Can be full or part-time


  • Experience with digital design…

Added by David Lang on April 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

OpenROV Derivatives

We've seen so many interesting add-ons and derivatives of OpenROV, I thought I'd make a list of some of them. If you've made your own OpenROV with major modifications, please post photos! Here's Part I of an ongoing series...

Ben's ROV (with magnetically coupled thrusters):…


Added by David Lang on April 21, 2014 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Winter dive in Skellefteå

Here is a movie from winter diving in Sweden which I shot a few months ago. The water is around 0.5 degrees and about 3 meters deep. There is a lot of trash and bottles because it's in a river that runs through the city.…


Added by Joakim Karlsson on April 20, 2014 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Update on my builds

I have been busy this past winter upgrading my build to the new controller Board and BBB along with changing my motors to the same as those used in the Open ROV. Had some Thrusters 3D printed and switched my lights to smaller housings and added the Lasers, IMU and another light under the ROV. Now I am all ready for the testing to see how this puppy performs. With the smaller motors I should reduce the ESC over temp conditions I had with the bigger motors and hoping the new thrusters give me…


Added by David Murphy on April 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Dev Call Recap 4.18.2014

Great dev call this afternoon! Thanks to everyone who tuned in!

Make sure to check out Ben's creation at the 8 minute mark.…


Added by David Lang on April 18, 2014 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

Arduino Mega and Beaglebone Black

Hello everybody.

This is Ahmed Mohamed I am a senior student in mechanical engineering. I would like to know what is the differance between the Arduino mega original one and the OpenROV one. I wanted to connect the beaglebone and arduino together. What makes me choose the OpenROV one over the original?. …


Added by Ahmed M. Saber on April 17, 2014 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

Why send an ROV instead of a diver? (Well, Saltwater Crocs is one excuse...)

Erica Bergman just updated her expedition to Cuba, and made a post on reasons to send an ROV instead of a diver. There are all sorts of good reasons: depth, time, speed, safety, saltwater crocodiles.

Check out here trip here: …


Added by David Lang on April 17, 2014 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

How to get one openrov

I there I live in London UK, and as far as can see you guys are not based in Europe so how can I get one fully assemble unit here in the UK, how much that costs with shipment and everything, it's any one in the UK using your product already?, please send or post any relevant information via blog or my email what ever is convenient for you, I love your openrov the best I have seen online so far, but a little more info is needed when it comes to buy it and maintain it especially  when you are…


Added by paulo alexandre on April 17, 2014 at 1:59am — 1 Comment

DST-700+ motors for salt water (Mark motors part 3)

Before(on the left) and after photo of the Turnigy DST-700 with Marks latest potting procedure.

Hello ROVers,

I live down near Monterey so I'm only really interested in a sturdy salt water ROV. Mark has been nice enough to help out with motor…


Added by Matthew Valancy on April 15, 2014 at 1:17pm — 2 Comments

Development Call on Friday 4/18

We're having another development call this Friday. Please feel free to join us. If you want to get an invite to the call, please RSVP here: …


Added by David Lang on April 14, 2014 at 4:54pm — 9 Comments

Dedicated audio server for ROV using Pi and Wolfson Audio board


Continuing my previous post on adding streaming audio from the ROV using icecast and darkice2 I have tried again! This time using a raspberry pi and a…


Added by Matthew Valancy on April 12, 2014 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

OpenROVs for Education, Exploration, and a SJSU Analogue Mission to Europa



Our collective human desire to explore and expand draws us into developing engineering solutions to the difficult problems of space travel, exploration and colonization. In order to succeed at such grand endeavors, we need the support equipment to aid us in discovery; determining the environments and analyzing hazards to fulfill mission objectives. Our scientific investigation of our planetary neighbors not only…


Added by Jim N. on April 10, 2014 at 7:44am — No Comments

Okeanos Explorer dives in the Gulf of Mexico

The Okeanos Explorer is set to sail tomorrow for an expedition in the Gulf of Mexico. You can follow along with the trip on the livestream here:

This is the pro version of what…


Added by David Lang on April 9, 2014 at 6:39pm — 1 Comment

Meanwhile, in Lake Tahoe...

We're setting up the control station at the cabin. Getting ready to test the ROVs tomorrow near the wreck of the SS Tahoe. Follow along on OpenExplorer:…


Added by David Lang on April 4, 2014 at 11:21pm — 2 Comments

OpenROV debuts during Algalita 2014 POPS International Youth Summit at Dana Point Ocean Institute

Our Robodox Algalita OpenROV build team attended the subject conference and gave Captain Charles Moore and crew their first look at the OpenROV that will be used to survey fish habitat located in plastic pollution during their July expedition to the Pacific Gyre.  

Here is a link…


Added by Chris on April 4, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Build Day Photos

It was great to see so many folks at the build day on Saturday. If you couldn't make it, don't worry. We're going to have another one soon. We're also going to be hosting them in different cities this summer, so we get a chance to meet more of you in person. 

Check out the photos Peter Mui took from this Saturday: …


Added by David Lang on April 1, 2014 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Marks Motors Part Deux

Hello everyone,

           I just wanted to post an update on the waterproofing of the  ROV motors.  I left off the last blog post showing Mark's 3d printed PVA molds and how we used them to encase the motors in epoxy.  So since the last post, I soaked the motors in water to…


Added by Anthony Costanza on March 30, 2014 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

OpenROV Open House

I wanted to thank the staff and community for a fun day of learning and sharing about ROVs on Saturday.  Seeing the first dive of a new build has definitely inspired me to roll up my sleeves a bit more and solve the remaining challenges of housing the electronics in a glass sphere capable of deep ocean exploration, and figuring out an economical way of tethering it to the surface.   May your housings be dry, your tethers strong, and for the group that is going to Catalina, that you see the…


Added by Bob Anderson on March 29, 2014 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Tenda Homeplug ID

If you've been following along, you know there have been some changes to the homeplug adapters that Tenda offers. We initially made a post about a good way to ID which version of homplug adapter you have. Turns out the box isn't the best indicator. The only true way to tell is to open the box and check the adapter.…


Added by David Lang on March 28, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments

OpenROV Build Day this Saturday!

Just a reminder that we're having an open house and build day on Saturday. If you're in the area (SF Bay Area) please stop by and say hi!

You can RSVP here:

Added by David Lang on March 25, 2014 at 6:34pm — 2 Comments

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