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OpenROV is an open-source underwater robot for exploration and education.
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484 backers pledged $111,622 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator OpenROV on June 30, 2013

      Hi Robert,
      Your ROV shipped months ago. Sending you the tracking number via email. We'll get this straightened out.

    2. Creator Robert Krondorfer on June 30, 2013

      when do you ship my packages?

    3. Creator Lin Sebastian Kayser on March 29, 2013

      Very cool - looking forward to it - keep up the great work.

    4. Creator OpenROV on March 28, 2013

      Hi Lin,

      We were waiting for the latest software update:

      Now we're putting the finishing touches on over the next few days. Next: testing. Then ship!

      A longer update/email coming to you later today with more details.

    5. Creator Lin Sebastian Kayser on March 27, 2013

      Folks - have the assembled OpenROVs shipped yet? I don't see any updates to that regard and I haven't seen it yet here.


    6. Creator OpenROV on March 21, 2013

      Of course not Peter! Your kit shipped in December. I'm looking into what happened right now. Will send you an email with what happened. We'll get this figured out.

    7. Creator pschweikart on March 21, 2013

      Hello David,
      your estimated delivery date was: Sep 2012...
      Now it's March 2013 and I still didn't recieve the package.
      Did you forget me?
      Last message came 6 weeks ago - saying "OpenROV goes to Antarctica"...
      - Peter (Germany)

    8. Creator OpenROV on March 15, 2013

      Hi Henning,
      Again, very sorry for error on the wire. There should have been more. It's already in the mail. I'll update the wiki with the correct measurements. 80cm will be more than enough.

    9. Creator Henning Roth on March 15, 2013

      where do I find the correct pre cut length for the motor wires? in the instruction it says "measurements coming"

    10. Creator Henning Roth on March 15, 2013

      Hello David,
      There was just a small roll of white wire, barely enough to do the 3 pieces for the battery tubes. Since I am in Europe now and have everything shipped from my home address, this takes a lot of time

    11. Creator OpenROV on March 15, 2013

      Hey Henning,
      Here's a list:

      Sorry that there wasn't enough 18awg wire. I'll get some more in the mail to you ASAP.

    12. Creator Henning Roth on March 15, 2013

      Do you have a list of all additional items that I have to purchase that are not included with the OpenROV kit
      I purchased? I just started the assembly and then find out there are additional things that are not included in the kit and where I live it is not that easy to just go and get it locally. Besides the special epoxy, there is not enough wire included to wire the motors, just enough for the battery tubes and no mention what wire I should purchase and the exact length to pre cut the motor leads is not mentioned anywhere. Is there anything else that I have to get so I can try to get everything at the same time. Thanks

    13. Creator OpenROV on February 4, 2013

      Certainly Henning. Here is some discussion about that topic on the forums:

    14. Creator Henning Roth on February 4, 2013

      Can someone tell me if I can use 8 rechargeable C cell batteries (1.2V) instead of the expensive alternative of using regular disposable C cell batteries?

    15. Creator Hakan Tandogan on August 1, 2012

      Gratulations :-)

    16. Creator OpenROV on August 1, 2012

      Amazing. Honored and humbled.

      Thank you all so much. We can't wait to get these robots out to you all!

    17. Creator Simone Chiaretta on August 1, 2012

      Congrats for the Funding!!!!!!!!!

    18. Creator Anders Öster on August 1, 2012

      I'm late to the party so I couldn't add intl shipping. Sent you a message and hope I can add it now.

    19. Creator Evaristo Ramos on August 1, 2012

      Turn off the lights and lock the doors this puppy is done!! Wahoo!! Grats on the project!!

    20. Creator Evaristo Ramos on August 1, 2012

      15 mins !!! LAST CALL for alcohol!! come on I know your on fence just do it, this isnt Ebay, the more the better for everyone!!

    21. Creator Evaristo Ramos on August 1, 2012

      So lets talk about what I am planning to use this for:
      1. Search and rescue, hopefully I never find anyone with it, but I plan to offer its services to all the police agencies and or organizations in my area (Houston, TX)
      2. companion services to go diving with my wife until I learn how to swim and can dive also
      3. general exploration
      4. robotic base to make it autonomous and work as part of a group of robots which will be air/land rovers

    22. Creator Evaristo Ramos on August 1, 2012

      woot woot!! 52 mins to go party people!! I cant wait!!!

    23. Creator OpenROV on July 31, 2012

      Thank you Evaristo!!! We're so grateful!!

    24. Creator Evaristo Ramos on July 31, 2012

      5 hours!! Why am i the only one here, come on people lets get excited about technology!! (refills everyone drinks)

    25. Creator Evaristo Ramos on July 31, 2012

      WAHOO !!!! 7 hours to go!!! Hands out drinks and buttery popcorn!!!

    26. Creator Evaristo Ramos on July 30, 2012

      Wahoo!!! 29 hours to go :D come on guys lets get this party started!!!

    27. Creator OpenROV on July 24, 2012

      Hey Bradley,

      Will be hosting a Hangout from my G+ page:

      Look forward to hearing form you!


    28. Creator Bradley Chun on July 23, 2012

      Chuong / David (OpenROV), please keep us updated on the meetup. If you need help setting it up, let me know.

    29. Creator Mike Cohen on July 23, 2012

      Great idea I am in. If anybody in South Florida wants to work on this I have a kit coming and I have a 34 ft center Console out of Haulover Inlet. email me at

    30. Creator OpenROV on July 14, 2012

      Daniel Lawson, we laser cut the acrylic parts at TechShop and assemble it in our garage. You can see our bill of materials, as well as where to purchase parts directly, on our website:

      The BOM is hosted on Google Docs:…

    31. Creator Daniel Lawson on July 14, 2012

      do you guys manufacture the parts at a local shop?

    32. Creator OpenROV on July 6, 2012

      Hey Chuong,
      Yes! We'll be in NY for World Maker Faire in September. We'd love to host a meetup/build day around that time to get the NYC OpenROV community together.

    33. Creator Chuong Pham on July 6, 2012

      Bradley - My son (17) and I would love to find a group to help build and test when the kit arrives. We do recreational diving, and are hoping to use this nice robot to do a little research on lyonfish. OpenROV, please let us know if you are hosting any meetup in northern NJ/NYC.

    34. Creator Jeremy Neech on July 6, 2012

      Very cool project - could make a lot of environmental research a lot more accessible to small NGOs!

    35. Creator Tim Murray on July 5, 2012

      OpenROV Could you clarify the type of board used. I have seen both BeagleBone and Arduino. One uses Linux with a cape and one uses Arduino with no additional shield mentioned. Your github site appears to have files for both. Thanks.

    36. Creator Morgan White on July 2, 2012

      Great project guys! I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next for OpenROV.

    37. Creator Bradley Chun on June 30, 2012

      Anyone in NYC/NJ want to do the build together?

    38. Creator Lisa Q. Fetterman on June 29, 2012

      Wooohoooooo! Fully funded baby!

    39. Creator Melody Grace on June 29, 2012

      I'm so proud of you guys! This is amazing!

    40. Creator OpenROV on June 29, 2012

      Rachel - YES! We'll be hosting several meetups in the Bay Area (and wherever else enough of the community gathers) to build and operate the ROVs. Join the community at and stay tuned for updates about those events.

    41. Creator Jerry Isdale on June 29, 2012

      Aww you did NOT create a pledge level for those of us who already have access to a laser cutter. Couple of us had asked about this on your forum. There isnt even a level for plans only. Bummer.

    42. Creator Rachel Dearborn on June 29, 2012

      Can't afford the kit, but I think it's an awesome project and would love to help build one. If you got the kit, you're in the bay area, and you wouldn't mind a little help, let me know!

    43. Creator Carter Brown on June 29, 2012

      And the early bird is sold out. Glad I got in on it! Not bad for... Hold on, let's see...

      Email received at 1:16 pm, sold out by 2:30

    44. Creator Andrew Thaler on June 29, 2012

      I'm so excited about this project.

    45. Creator Rachel Dearborn on June 29, 2012

      well, what are you going to do with the next 32 days, once you've made your goal in 1? :)

    46. Creator Carter Brown on June 29, 2012

      I'm seriously looking forward to this. Thank for you making this a reality.