Introducing OpenROV 2.7

Today we're releasing OpenROV v2.7. It represents the latest in everything we've learned about building an affordable and capable underwater robot. Although the overall shape may seem similar to the previous version, almost every aspect of the ROV has been improved and upgraded. Our focus has been on increasing the usability and robustness of the vehicle, while keeping the price as accessible as possible. We're proud of what we've come up with.

From a performance perspective, the OpenROV v2.7 is the best ROV we've ever built. It streams HD video back to the surface laptop over an ultra-thin two-wire tether. It maneuvers using the same thruster configuration as previous models, however new hydrodynamic adjustments, new motors, and new motor speed controllers have resulted in greatly improved handling and control, especially in the vertical direction. A new LED board provides even more illumination in the depths, and the lasers provide both scaling and distance measurement capability.

You can learn more about the robot here:

The hallmark of OpenROV has always been the community. In addition to the design forums, which provide build advice and add-on ideas, we have also seen a huge amount of activity on OpenExplorer3, a platform for OpenROVers (and beyond OpenROV, really) to share their adventures and expeditions. In just the first few months, we've seen over a hundred exciting expeditions created on the site.


Live HD video with wide-angle lens and tilt function

LED lighting for low-light environments

Easy-to-use web browser user interface

Beaglebone Black AND Arduino MEGA microprocessors for a flexible and powerful developer platform with dozens of input/output channels and plenty of computing power for user-designed features and experiments

Rechargeable lithium batteries (sold separately)

100-meter lightweight 2-wire tether

Compact and lightweight--backpack or carry-on ready

Payload area for additional hardware or equipment

Join our open source, ocean-loving community--find all the software and hardware files online as well as a vibrant and enthusiastic community to share adventures, ask questions, and meet other people with passion for exploration

Physical specifications:

Weight 2.6kg

Dimensions 30cm long x 20cm wide x 15cm high

Nominal battery life 2-3 hours (depending on use)

Performance specifications:

Maximum depth 75m (we’ve taken them past 100m, but true depth depends on build quality)

Maximum tether length 300m (100m tether provided)

Maximum forward speed 2 knots

LED brightness 180lm