Our friends up at OpenROV have (almost) formally opened up their new Kickstarter project to fund their next generation ROV named Trident. This was the unit vetted this summer up in Lake Tahoe (see the pic below) while we were dealing with our Oil Spill down here in SoCal.
By all accounts this unit is much more maneuverable and solves several of the mechanical issues we have dealt with in the current iteration/design. OpenROV has opened up their Kickstarter page, but not formally launched. The first few folks who sign up for one will be able to get one for half off…except we are about a year out from delivery.
No word on when their Kickstarter campaign will formally go to “on” but I suspect it will be coming up soon.
Check out our other posts (e.g. here or here or here) on our blog where we have very successfully used existing OpenROV models or their regular OpenROV page to find out more about this great open-source robotics company.