OpenROV started out as a project among friends to get to the bottom of an underwater cave rumored to contain buried treasure. In five years, OpenROV has refined the design of an extremely capable robotic submarine and has grown into a community of DIY explorers who are working together to create more accessible, affordable, and awesome tools for underwater exploration.
OpenROV has been building DIY kits for years and are now taking the knowledge and enthusiasm to new markets by creating Trident, a ready-to-dive, rugged, beautifully simple, and capable underwater exploration tool. Trident allows users to get a new perspective on the ocean by diving deep (100 meters) and streaming live HD video back up to the surface. It can be flown from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and is VR ready. Trident has sophisticated onboard capabilities, and is small enough to carry in a backpack or fit under an airplane seat. It costs the same as an entry level aerial drone.
Users can create, follow, or donate to expeditions around the world on OpenExplorer, the goal of which is to allow users to share their experiences, data, and enthusiasm to create a more connected and engaged community of explorers and citizen scientists.
"Being a hardware start-up you are incredibly resource-constrained and often have to learn as you go. Being part of the Tech Futures Group will give us access to the experience and guidance that we couldn't have found otherwise." --Eric Stackpole, CEO and co-founder of OpenROV
OpenRov's EIR: Gerry Baranano