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Pull Request Previews

In case you hadn't seen them, Brian A has been putting together awesome Pull Request Previews for all the new changes coming down the pipeline. You can see the full list of videos on our YouTube channel: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/OpenROV

Added by David Lang on July 22, 2014 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

Arctic Adventure!

Here's a local Canadian news report on OpenROVer Erika Bergman. She's taking part in an Arctic adventure that involves snorkling to Greenland from Canada. She's got two OpenROVs and is showing them to kids and interested folks throughout her trip. You can read more about her journey her:…

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Added by David Lang on July 15, 2014 at 12:37pm — No Comments

DIT (Do-It-Together) Exploration

Over the past few years, the most fun and educational aspect of developing OpenROV has been going on the various expeditions: Hall City Cave, Sea of Cortez, Searching for the SS Tahoe, etc. The expeditions (however makeshift they were/are) have been rallying points for feature development, bug-fixing and, most importantly, meeting new friends and collaborators. On each trip, we've widened the circle of friends that have taken part in this adventure. In fact, it's exactly that aspect - a…

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Added by David Lang on July 8, 2014 at 11:24am — No Comments

New Recommended Batteries

Hello OpenROVers:

The OpenROV team and community have been experimenting continuously with different battery configurations and chemistry.  We are ready to publish our conclusions about what we think will be a better source of power for OpenROVs.

What you need to know in brief:

  • We're changing our recommendation to safer, more reliable batteries
  • The new batteries will work with all 2.5, and 2.6 ROVs but require an adapter (see below), new…
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Added by Zack on July 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

OpenROV Dev Call 7.10.2014

Another Dev Call coming up next week. 7/10 at 1pm PST.

RSVP Here: …

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Added by David Lang on July 2, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Deep Ocean ROV using a Glass Sphere Pressure Housing

Here is some updated information on a very interesting full ocean depth capable vehicle which is now being commercialized by a company in Norway.  The actual glass sphere housings cost around $1000 - $2000 depending on size and number of penetrations required, but to get one that is optically polished adds  another $5000  to the price.  To my knowledge with the recent demise of Nereus, this is one of the few operational vehicles capable of reaching these depths.…

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Added by Bob Anderson on July 2, 2014 at 10:15am — No Comments

Node.js Prep for OpenROV

OpenROV is controlled through a web browser. The server-side of the web app is written in Node.js, running on a BeagleBone Black inside the OpenROV. You don’t need to know Node.js in order to pilot an OpenROV. But if you’re the kind of maker who likes to dig deep into a project, you might enjoy exploring the language. Details: Node.js Prep for OpenROV

Added by Ray Hightower on June 30, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Improved Verticle Prop Performance

Walt just posted a great write-up on all the prop testing we've been doing at the lab. The big finding was that we can get much better performance on the Z axis by switching to the two-blade Graupner prop. 

Worth reading all of Walt's post: …

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Added by David Lang on June 28, 2014 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Field Charger

Carsten is designing a small field charger for his ROV batteries. He's planning on using it during his trip to Lake Malawi. He posted his design on OpenExplorer. What do you think? 

Check it out: …

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Added by David Lang on June 27, 2014 at 7:39am — No Comments

Any ROV builder in Switzerland or southern Germany that want to hang out?

Hey!

I'm here in Switzerland with my ROV #463 and would love to meet up with fellow OpenROVers!

Any interest in hanging out somewhere between now and end of July?

If we get a space somewhere, we could do a build day or bug fix day too. I've got plenty of experience with the ROV nd the software!

Regards Dominik

Added by Dominik Fretz on June 25, 2014 at 4:48pm — 9 Comments

Weekly Software Updates

In case you missed it on the Forum, Brian is posting a weekly software roadmap so you can follow along with development, and contribute to any aspects you feel compelled to. His post is here: 

http://openrov.com/forum/topics/software-plan-week-june-13th-june-30-2014

Added by David Lang on June 24, 2014 at 8:56am — No Comments

First Dive in Bermuda

Michael posted video from his first dive in Bermuda. Excited to see more from him!

Added by David Lang on June 24, 2014 at 8:12am — 1 Comment

Tahoe Prop Testing

Here's a video recap from the team that went to Lake Tahoe last weekend. The full expedition can be seen here: 

https://openexplorer.com/expedition/southlaketahoe/

Added by David Lang on June 22, 2014 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

Citizen Science With OpenROV

The OpenROV team is on a mission to democratize ocean exploration in the same way that Jobs and Woz sparked the democratization of computing. Details: Citizen Science With OpenROV

Added by Ray Hightower on June 18, 2014 at 11:14pm — 4 Comments

Updated default listing of posts in the forums

Hey everyone,

For those that knew the trick, there is a way to sort the forums by most recent activity instead of by category.  We have been using this for months and found it way easier to navigate with.  So we have now changed the default setting for everyone to sort…

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Added by Brian A on June 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Lake Tahoe Testing

A number of OpenROVers spent the weekend testing ROVs at Lake Tahoe. Looks like a great trip was had by all. You can see their posts and videos here:…

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Added by David Lang on June 17, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

OpenROV - The Chesapeake Bay - A call to OpenROVers along the Virginia coast.

Greetings enthusiasts!

I would like to organize an OpenROV gathering in the Virginia area (fare thee well NorCal). I am moving to Newport News, VA this week and am looking for fellow ROV enthusiasts to meet with and discuss ROV/AUV related projects. I will be organizing a few excursions next year and…

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Added by Jim N. on June 16, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments

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