Open source robotic vehicle making waves, literally!
For all those who wish to explore the depth of an ocean, here is some interesting news. The OpenROV kit, a do-it-yourself kit that assembles into an underwater robot, is creating a lot of buzz.
The brainchild of Eric Stackpole, the kit involves soldering, gluing and wiring of electronics. Stackpole began by developing this ROV (remotely operated vehicle) along with a community of engineers and scientists from over 50 countries. As the community grew, the OpenROV project found immense applications, be it monitoring of pollution in streams or species LGHQWLfiFDWLRQ LQ AQWDUFWLFD. 7KH OpenROV is 30cm long, 20cm wide and 15cm tall. Designed to go as deep as 100m, it weighs just 2.5 kg. It is powered by three 800 kv brushless motors. While two horizontal thrusters allow the ROV to move forward and aft as well as rotate, a vertical thruster allows the (neutrally buoyant) vehicle to change depth.