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Looking for UK OpenROVers

The Big Bang Fair UK is a national science and engineering fair held in March ( Wed 11th to Sat 14th inclusive) this year at the NEC Birmingham.

The aim of the fair is to encourage, enthuse and excite young people (primarily aged 7-19) about future training and careers in the science, engineering and technology fields.

Last year they had over 75,000 visitors - this year they aim to be…


Added by Barry on January 19, 2015 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Basic control

Hey at all,

My BB White working together with a Arduino Mega.

The Cockpit screen is visible, all motor ports working (simulated with servos) but the sidescreen with measuring datas showing nosens and uploading the firmware is not working.…


Added by Stefan Lagner on January 19, 2015 at 5:17am — No Comments

New forum software coming soon

Upgrading the forum software has been an ongoing discussion for over a year.  We have finally settled on Discourse as the forum software of choice.  It successfully runs the forums on many popular…


Added by Brian A on January 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Win Free Robots!

Calling all Explorer Makers!

Many of you are familiar with OpenExplorer, or perhaps you have yet to discover it!

Over at, hundreds of ROV pilots and makers are working on amazing expeditions to discover our world, and many of you are building the tools and accessories an OpenROV needs to accomplish these goals. If you have a project, or have been waiting for an excuse to jump into starting one, here it…


Added by erika bergman on January 14, 2015 at 4:27pm — 1 Comment

New ROV Cockpit software released

Version 2.5.1 of the ROV software has been released. 

If you have a 2.7 ROV or have been running the 2.5.1 release candidates, there are instructions in the…


Added by Brian A on December 24, 2014 at 1:02am — 2 Comments

Awesome OpenROV Animated Movie

Ruud van Lewe sent us this incredible OpenROV animated movie that he put together. This made my whole year!

Added by David Lang on December 22, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Calling deep sea explorers: Engineering interns and educators needed for ROV operations this summer!

The Ocean Exploration Trust is looking for a fresh team of engineering interns and science communication fellows for their upcoming season 2015. The Trust and their ship the E/V Nautilus will be mapping and exploring new portions of the seafloor this year all while broadcasting the entire operation live.  Led by legendary explorer, Dr. Robert Ballard,…


Added by Megan Cook on December 17, 2014 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

Quick Dev Call Tomorrow?

Hey all!

We've previously done "Developers Calls" on Google Hangouts from time to time for people working on OpenROV (and other ROV projects) to keep in touch and share ideas.

It's been quite a while since our last one, but we'd like to get this going again.  To start out, we were planning to set up a small, "kick off Dev Call" tomorrow, Monday the 15th at 2pm PST to get re-oriented with hosting the call and to hear what people would like to…


Added by Eric Stackpole on December 14, 2014 at 11:39am — 4 Comments

My OpenROV week in review AKA Kids are AWESOME!

It was so awesome getting to meet kids from Summit Academy and introduce them to my OpenROV, and take them on an engaging underwater adventure to meet the Tox-Ick monster (a stormwater outfall) that lurks beneath the waters of Puget Sound and help me survey for Sea Stars! 

Added by DiverLaura on December 14, 2014 at 1:52am — No Comments

Just to begin

I suppose it is time for me to begin adding words to this blog, I recieved my open ROV just a few days ago, and although I am an electrical engineer by trade. I am delighted and suprised how much thought has actually gone into this product and how simple it is to build.

in three days I have moved from a beautiful (only an engineer could call a box of bits beautiful)to an almost completed poject.

I was sceptical at the claimes that this could be built in a weekend, however f you have… Continue

Added by Steve brown on December 13, 2014 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

Work at OpenROV: Office Manager

We've got a number of jobs we're going to be hiring for over the next few months. Of course, I want to make sure that we offer them to people in the community first. First up:

Office Manager

We're looking for an exceptionally organized, natural self-starter. The Office Manager will support our growing company through a blend of operations, administration, and special projects. You will provide support to the company in…


Added by David Lang on December 11, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Search for the Steamer San Rafael

If you haven't seen this on OpenExplorer yet, Eric has been hard at work trying to track down information on the Steamer San Rafael, which sank near Alcatraz in the SF Bay. You can read more about the search for the wreck, and follow along if you'd like to join us on this expedition:…


Added by David Lang on December 5, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Latest software release candidate (RC6) now available

This is hopefully the code that we will go to general release in the next week or so.  For those that are completely risk adverse, go ahead and wait.  If you do want to help us make sure the release is ready for…


Added by Brian A on November 30, 2014 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

OpenROV v2.7 Now Available!

Today we're releasing OpenROV v2.7. It represents the latest in everything we've learned about building an affordable and capable underwater robot. Although the overall shape may seem similar to the previous version, almost every…


Added by David Lang on November 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Dragon's Breath Cave, Namibia

I was wondering if the ROV community could advise me about whether portable ROV's exist for exploring deep lakes.  The one that I am examining specifically is located in Dragon's Breath Cave in Namibia.  This is the world's largest underground lake, 5 acres in area.  100 feet below the surface.  The depth of the lake is beyond 300 feet, and its bottom has not been surveyed. access is through a small hole in the ceiling.  you can get inflatables down there, but do small portable ROV's…


Added by Tullis C. Onstott on November 18, 2014 at 3:40am — 4 Comments

Diver Laura's Stormwater Adventures

Diver Laura has been posting some incredibly good (and very informative) videos to OpenExplorer recently. I've pasted one above, but she's got a whole series that you can follow on OpenExplorer regarding the investigation of Seattle storm drains. Check it out: …


Added by David Lang on November 11, 2014 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Finding Acrylic Cement Outside the USA

Finding acrylic solvent has been a difficult thing for international OpenROV users. OpenROV doesn't have the means to be able to ship this stuff from HQ due to mild flammability and different country restrictions. I'm writing this post to give ROV'ers around the world a place for information they need to find acrylic cement in other countries. I'd like to invite any comments from folks who've been successful at this so that others may learn and succeed as well.

This discussion…


Added by Zack on November 6, 2014 at 3:32pm — 9 Comments

When Bad Things Happen to Good Robots

I wrote a long, opinionated piece about telerobotics and everything I've learned over the past few years working with Eric on OpenROV. Here's the crux of the argument:

telerobotics is ushering in an era of connected exploration, a new model for discovery…


Added by David Lang on October 27, 2014 at 11:43am — No Comments

Nanoseeker: compact underwater torpedo-style vehicle

Hackaday reported on the Nanoseeker:

The Nanoseeker is a compact underwater vehicle in a torpedo-like form factor.…


Added by David Lang on October 26, 2014 at 7:21pm — No Comments

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