We’re glad to hear that many of the kits made it under the Christmas tree! Now, the next phase: building them!
That’s the best place to start. The goal is for each section of the build to have: 1. Tools/Materials/Parts 2. Video/Photos/Explanation 3. Test (to make sure it works and you don’t move on until it’s functioning correctly) 4. Troubleshooting
The endcap process is a good example of what we are striving for: Endcap Assembly
The most important thing to remember: the OpenROV is a work-in-progress. If you have a question, or a doubt, or an idea: SPEAK UP! The only way this project gets better is if it continues to be tweaked and improved by everyone who works on it. If you think you’ve got a better way of explaining something - let’s discuss it!
Also, we’re planning on hosting build days at our small office in Berkeley. We’ll be streaming the build days from our new OpenROV Community page on G+ so anyone around the world can tune in and ask questions (all videos will be archived on Youtube).
The first build day - the acrylic structure - will be on Saturday, January 19th starting at 12pm PST.
If you want to join us in-person in Berkeley, please send David Lang an email at: david @ openrov.com
Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 12pm to whenever (PST)
614 Bancroft Way - Suite C
What to Bring
- Your OpenROV kits
- A Camera
- Willingness to help
What is OpenROV
OpenROV is a Do It Yourself telerobotics community centered around underwater exploration and education. We have developed a low-cost telerobotic submarine that can be built with mostly off-the-shelf parts. The goal of OpenROV is to democratize exploration by allowing anyone to explore and study underwater environments.
Here’s a short video of it in action. <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/44088059?color=ff9933&portrait=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>OpenROV Meets the OpenWATER from Gerty on Vimeo.</p>