Open source ro­botic ve­hi­cle mak­ing waves, lit­er­ally!

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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.

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