Submitted by mberlinguer on Thu, 27/02/2014 - 17:59
OpenROV is a open-source underwater robot. Its operating system is based on Linux. It includes arduino code and node.js code running on the BeagleBone.
OpenROV is also a DIY community centered around underwater robots for exploration & adventure, formed by a group of amateur and professional ROV builders and operators from over 50 countries who have a passion for exploring the deep and are working together to create more accessible, affordable, and awesome tools for underwater exploration.
The backbone of the project is the global community of DIY ocean explorers who are working, tinkering and improving the OpenROV design. The community ranges from professional ocean engineers to hobbyists, software developers to students. It's a welcoming community and everyone's feedback and input is valued.
The idea to build OpenROV was pioneered by Eric Stackpole, a NASA spacecraft engineer at the time and David Lang, a self-taught sailor from Minnesota, who heard about Stackpole building a small, cheap, and robust submarine in his garage. The project started in a garage in Cupertino, with a few guys who wanted to explore an underwater cave, after finding a global community of co-developers on Kickstarter, has evolved into a network of connected devices, exploring the oceans and lakes of the world. After having Matteo Borri design and build the electronics, software and motor system for the first working prototype and subsequently presenting it at the New York Maker's Faire, Lang and Stackpole co-founded OpenROV as an open-source hardware, a startup, and a DIY community.