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OpenROV Build Day

13 January 2013

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We’re glad to hear that many of the kits made it under the Christmas tree! Now, the next phase: building them!

The OpenROV Wiki is really starting to fill out: Step by Step Instructions

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
Berkeley CA

What to Bring

  • Your OpenROV kits
  • A Camera
  • Laptop
  • 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.

OpenROV Meets the OpenWATER from Gerty on Vimeo.