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*ANNOUNCEMENT* Official Changes to OpenROV 2.6

Hello all. There have been two official changes to the OpenROV 2.6 kits and assembled units that are purchased through our webstore. I'd like to take a second to explain what changes were made, why, and how you can also make these changes.

Affects OpenROV 2.6 serial numbers 1400 and…


Added by Zack on September 17, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

World Maker Faire in NYC this weekend!

It's that time of year! We'll have a pool and booth (as well as giving a few talks) at Maker Faire in NYC this weekend.

If you're in the area, please stop by and say hi! 

Tickets here: …


Added by David Lang on September 17, 2014 at 7:37am — 1 Comment

Mission Blue - Ocean Stewardship

Greetings enthusiasts,

I'd like to point your attention to Mission Blue and the new Mission Blue movie. Mission Blue was started by the renowned Dr. Sylvia Earle, and whatever your view…


Added by Jim N. on September 14, 2014 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Next Generation of OpenROVers

Members of Boy Scout Troop 534 took an OpenROV for a spin in Lake Michigan on Saturday morning. The weather was cold (in the 40s in September) but the OpenROV held its own in the choppy lake water. Details and photos.

Added by Ray Hightower on September 13, 2014 at 2:52pm — 4 Comments

Manage That OpenROV Tether, Or Else

Youthful exuberance drove me to pilot my OpenROV before I built a good tether management system. Bad idea! It’s better to have a tether management plan (any plan) before you pilot your OpenROV.

This article (Manage That OpenROV Tether or Else) describes a tether management system.

Added by Ray Hightower on September 9, 2014 at 9:12pm — 5 Comments

Come build robots with us?

Want to come build underwater robots with us? OpenROV is hiring for a part-time production assistant:

• 8 to 32 hours / week

• Starts immediately

• Flexible schedule

• Daily work will include assembly, testing, online documentation, tech-support

• Other work will include deployments, r&d, event work and offsite work

This is a great way to get onboard with an exciting start-up with some really great people making really

cool things.…


Added by David Lang on September 8, 2014 at 2:11pm — 3 Comments

The Art of Planning an Expedition

It's been awesome to watch all the new expeditions pop up on OpenExplorer. One of the important aspects of open sourcing the expedition process is that it shows how important planning and preparation can be. There are dozens of expeditions that are doing a great job with this - check them…


Added by David Lang on September 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

MVHS Underwater Robots...Miramichi, New Brunswick

Students from Miramichi Valley High School in New Brunswick will be involved with OpenROV technology this school.  Through an educational grant, we were able to purchase a fully assembled OpenROV as well as kit to build a second unit.  Myself along with fellow teacher Kathy MacDonald will be team teaching Computer Science 110 where the project will be our class project.  I also teach Environmental Science 120 and we plan to use these devices to explore the Miramichi River.  Excited to be…


Added by Ashley Hallihan on September 4, 2014 at 4:17am — 3 Comments

Expeditions to Follow!

Every week, I'm going to pick out 3 Expeditions I'm following on OpenExplorer that we think you'll like to know about. Of course, there are many more worth following, but here are a few I'm excited about:

Lost Artifacts in the Salton Sea

One of the most exciting and interesting parts of an expedition is doing background research on any prior work. Sometimes you find…


Added by David Lang on August 31, 2014 at 7:58am — No Comments

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 — 3 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 — 4 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 — 6 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

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