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    1. Diego Garcia on

      awesome updates, its being involved in this type of production that really captures for me the amazing value of crowdfunding, thanks so much for the upgrades and im looking forward to seeing the development! if you could touch on some of the scanning or radar experiments or applications it would be a cherry on the cake for me! great work really !

    2. OpenROV 2-time creator on

      @Luke Hunt - We're excited for you to get your hands on Trident as well! Bathtubs aside, you'd be surprised by how many amazing things are right under our nose. Check out this video some people working with a local high school to build OpenROVs made.…

      This is from Lake Merritt right smack dab in the middle of Oakland, CA. You'd have thought one would only find trash in a place like this, but actually it was teaming with some of the most interesting creatures imaginable! We can't wait to see what you (and all our other supporters) find in unexpected places!


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      Luke Hunt on

      amazing updates cant wait to get my hands on this, even if all I can do is try out in the bath! lol

    4. OpenROV 2-time creator on

      @Mark - Don't worry, you don't need an internet connection to use the ROV. Internet access is only needed if you want to live stream your dive for others to see!

    5. Mark on

      Looks amazing, & the upgrades are looking 1st class. I hope we don't rely on phone network connections for anything important because Australia sux for reception on any water ��

    6. OpenROV 2-time creator on

      @Everyone - These replies are amazing. It's hard to describe what it feels like for a project that has been a personal obsession for so many years to be coming to life and for it to be so strongly appreciated by others. For our small team, this has been nothing short of magical. All of us are putting everything we have into making something that we feel will change the way discoveries about our world are made. We all believe in the vision. We believe that exploration can be something all of us can be a part of. Thank you for the encouragement. We'll continue onward!

      @Highcooley - Thank your the encouragement as well. The acoustic positioning systems being described on the forums are still in their infancy so there's a lot more work that will need to be done before we are even sure how that sort of system would be integrated. To keep the Radio Buoy small (so it can be easily towed by Trident with minimal drag), extra devices on the surface would probably stay mechanically separate but could potentially talk to the buoy through the WiFi network. For Trident, upward looking payloads could be attached to either a bracket that extends behind the vehicle (that mounting system also works well for heavy payloads), or it may be possible to use the tether mounting screw on the top of the vehicle to hold small intermediate modules mechanically. It's a bit too early to tell (we won't be working on this technology until after Trident has shipped) but of course we'll keep everyone up to date with new thinking as it develops.

      Thanks again for the encouragement!


    7. Carl Wern on

      Great news guys! I am really looking forward to receive the final product I November and to take it for a spin with a pair of oculus rift! Keep up the good work and please keep posting more updates and videos on YouTube!

    8. Highcooley on

      Wow! Thank you very much for the update und the cool features you added. I am so excited about this ROV becoming the final product. Cool to have GPS on board the buoy. Two questions related to the ROV location tracking: Will the buoy come with some sort of a standard interface connector in order to hook up an ultrasonic location module (like suggested here: which has real time access to the GPS coordinates of the buoy and can send packets through WiFi or the tether? Where would you suggest to mount an ultrasonic location module on the ROV itself? Is there a topside mounting point? Keep your super work up, it is so amazing!

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      Rob on

      I love that you guys continue to refine and push the design without impacting the anticipated delivery date and I agree the new enhancements are worthy of more cash....but so excited that I get it for the price I paid!!! The privileges of backing a great product and company. I can honestly say that I have not been so excited to receive anything in my 53 years as I am this ROV. This truly will be a game changer for a lot of disciplines.....I am planning my post retirement activities and they all include this vehicle. Besides the fun...I see some $$$ opportunities to fuel my adventures....cant wait.

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      Bruce D. Sidlinger on

      You guys are on fire! I have been a DJI multirotor customer since the F450 and WooKong through the Phantom 4 and your passion and innovation is comparable. I would love to see another company that amazing!

    11. Geoff on

      Can't wait to drive one new my cabin at Lake of the Woods.
      Way to go team!