If you like underwater drones, chances are you’re gonna wanna get your hands on OpenROV‘s latest model, which the company is doing a crowdfunding campaign for.
Berkeley, California-based OpenROV had already established a rich community of makers, explorers, and ocean enthusiasts with its OpenROV kits. The company began in 2012 when co-founders Eric Stackpole and David Lang came up with the design for an expedition to find gold lost in an underwater cave. Noticing there weren’t any affordable underwater ROVs on the market, they realized that they were tapping into a burgeoning trend that enabled citizen explorers and scientists.
The first OpenROV Kickstarter project was a big success — making almost US$100,000 more than their $20,000 goal. Since then they have grown significantly, shipping over 1,700 OpenROVs to more than 32 countries around the world.
The new Trident model is a sleeker design compared to the most recent 2.8 version.
The current Kickstarter campaign, up and running for just over a week, has already raised over $500,000 more than the original $50,000 goal.
The Trident weighs less than 3 kilos/6.6 pounds, and is small enough to fit in a backpack or underneath an airplane seat. It has a depth rating of up to 100 meters and sports embedded lights and an HD camera.
The Trident comes with a 25-meter/82-foot-long tether that is lightweight and neutrally buoyant. For most of us that’s as deep as we want to go, but for the true deep-sea enthusiasts, a 100-meter tether is available separately.
The tether is connected to a wifi buoy floating on the surface, which can be connected to a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
For more information, check out OpenROV’s Kickstarter page, or view the video below.