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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 — 5 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 — 1 Comment

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 — 7 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

OpenROV Workshop Olso in November

Heads up to our Scandi community members: OpenROV is having a workshop in Oslo in November hosted by MESH and conceived and organized by our truly wonderful OpenROV Ambassador, Christine.…


Added by Zack on October 23, 2014 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

NUMA - Clive Cussler's National Underwater and Marine Agency

"Founded by Dr. Clive Cussler, the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) is a non-profit, volunteer foundation dedicated to preserving our maritime heritage through the discovery, archaeological survey and conservation of shipwreck artifacts.+

 - See

Yep. Interesting site.

"NUMA is a 501c3 non-profit with no full-time staff. The majority of funding (more than 95%) for…


Added by Jim N. on October 22, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments

New Community Hack: WiFi enabled Tether Management System

Hey there, community. Short time ago Dominik introduced to us the Community Hacks section on Dozuki. I wrote up an article on how to build a WiFi enabled Tether Management System so that no cables are hanging from your laptop anymore.…


Added by Nils Jakobi on October 18, 2014 at 10:38am — 3 Comments

Pressure Testing Results!

Hey Guys, 

After an Etube end cap failed on an expedition in Lake Shasta, we decided to conduct an experiment on end cap assembly and methods which we believe might negatively affect the integrity and therefore fail at a lower PSI than expected. 

We lost many end caps and Etubes in the process, but we came out of it more knowledgeable about our…


Added by JR Wong on October 17, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Supporting citizen science on OpenExplorer!

Last month, we launched OpenExplorer to a wider audience and asked what you'd explore with an OpenROV. We offered a few OpenROV kits as an incentive to get the first ideas out on the site. To be perfectly honest, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Well, we were completely blown away. There were so many great ideas and inspiring expeditions posted that we felt terrible about not being able to send ROVs out to…


Added by David Lang on October 9, 2014 at 12:45pm — 4 Comments

European dealers


I wonder if there's dealers in Europe that have the rov in stock.

Can anyone help?

Added by Ole Lindbjerg on October 8, 2014 at 12:19am — 1 Comment

Introducing: Community hacks on Dozuki

So, you built a robotic arm for your OpenROV, or added a depth sounder?

A rear facing camera? Why not show our community member on how to build one themselves!

Introducing: OpenROV Community Hacks on Dozuki:

Check it out here: …


Added by Dominik Fretz on October 7, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Node.js Under Water

The New York City Node JS Meetup asked me to speak about OpenROV. About 80 developers attended. The talk was scheduled for five minutes, but it ran for seventeen due to questions from the audience. OpenROV attracts interest! Slides & video: Node.js Under Water

Added by Ray Hightower on October 4, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

[ROV-AUV-Interest-Group] Ocean Book - A Great Encyclopedia Oceanic

Greetings enthusiasts,
I hope you are all well. I'd like to point you to…

Added by Jim N. on October 4, 2014 at 10:21am — No Comments

Come hang out with us

Hey everyone,

Dom and I have been testing out Glitter (, a persistent online chat application that is all the range in the github community these days.  We like it!  He and I are both committed…


Added by Brian A on October 2, 2014 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

Protect Ya ROV

ROV headquarters is littered with Pelican cases. Rather obscenely so. It seems that even if there were something perfectly capable of traveling in relative safety and comfort without any sort of hardcase, Eric would buy a hardcase for it just to be sure. As evidence of such I present to you the following picture of the all cases within arm's reach as I wrote this post.…


Added by Zack on September 26, 2014 at 3:11pm — 5 Comments

Marine Science & Technology Foundation

The Marine Science & Technology Foundation is now accepting Expressions of Interest. From their website:

The Marine Science & Technology Foundation (MSTF) supports oceanographic technology research and development projects that demonstrate strong alignment with the Vision and Mission of the Foundation.

Successful proposals will have promise to…


Added by David Lang on September 26, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Blue: $10k Grant for Ocean Technologies

There is a $10k grant being awarded to a project or technology around Ocean conservation. It's called The Blue, and more information can be found here:

Added by David Lang on September 23, 2014 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment


Researchers in Greece have created a neat octopus-style robot that they're calling, well... Octobot!

More on Science News:

Added by David Lang on September 23, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments

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