I got a call last night from Eric in Antarctica. He's at McMurdo Station working on piloting ROV's under the Ross Ice Shelf. No big deal.
(Eric prepares for bed in an ice trench that he built.)
From the moment we embarked on this project, Eric and I have been really open and transparent about why we're working so hard to make telerobotic exploration cheap and accessible. It's no secret - we're in it for the adventure. Although we've had to incorporate and go through all the tedious details of operating a business, we're still adamant that our main goal is to maximize Return on Adventure - for ourselves, as well as everyone else in the community.
In the last week, I've received inquiries about using OpenROV's for Open Ocean Monitoring in the Chagos Archipelago, searching for a Spanish Galleon of the coast of Oregon, and searching for the remains of Amelia Earheardt. And that's just this week!
I've been blown away by all the incredible ideas and mysteries that this community is coming up with. As the kits start shipping all over the world, I'm starting to think more about what we can create to increase everyone's Return on Adventure. I'm envisioning a sort of match-making platform that connects OpenROV builders and operators to archeologists and scientists who are looking for technical support.
It's just a rough idea and dream at this point. What do you think?