Want an underwater drone for Christmas 2016!??
OpenROV has built a previous ROV (remote operated vehicle) AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) back in 2012 but this time around they thought it would be great if other shared in the building of another great open source Submarine.
They’d already blown though their original goal of US$50,000 (Moon, 2015, September 16) and with the help of some 948 backers they’ve raised some US$620,132. With twenty five (25) days to go until the project is fully funded on Saturday, October 31st 2015 and ready to ship by November 2016, this US$599 Trident Underwater drone by OpenROV is basically on fire!
It’s a lot smaller than the OpenROV after which the company is named, basically making it possible to carry it around in your backpack. It’s also more maneuverable underwater, with a streamlined hydrodynamic design that allows it to basically fly like an underwater plane thought the tightest spaces.
It’s got LED lights and a built in HD camera that can be used to create 3D Cadastral mapping of the ocean floor. For US$599 you also get a neutrally-buoyant tether for sending telemetry data back to the surface and a wireless topside buoy to mark its location.
If underwater drones are you thing then you have another twenty five (25) days to get in on this great kickstarter for the US$599 Trident Underwater drone (Hodgkins, 2015, September 16) by OpenROV to get your very own underwater drone by November 2016!
Here’s the link:
- Hodgkins, K. (2015, September 16). This zippy RC submarine lets you explore beneath the waves. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/openrov-trident-drone/
- Moon, M. (2015, September 16). OpenROV Trident underwater drone blows up on Kickstarter. Retrieved from http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/16/openrov-trident-kickstarter/