OpenROV in the Press

Incuvers, December 3, 2018
5 Companies Leading the Open Biology Movement
OpenROV makes underwater drones. Yes, you heard right, underwater drones. Scientist or not, you can probably appreciate just how cool this is. They started out with a dream to maximize underwater access. Through cutting-edge industry innovation, they have created tech that inspires ground breaking discoveries, while remaining affordable. See how a group of citizens in California are using the Trident drone to monitor the effects of climate change on their coastlines.
Incuvers, December 3, 2018
C|NET, November 28, 2018
Underwater Drones Explore Historic Shipwreck
[Video] Underwater drones explore a historic shipwreck. The SS Tahoe is older than the Titanic. It's been sitting 400 feet below the surface of Nevada's Lake Tahoe since 1940. Underwater drone company OpenROV sent it's Trident drones to explore the wreck. Starting in 1896, the steamboat transported mail, passengers and cargo around the Lake Tahoe area.
C|NET, November 28, 2018
C|NET, November 20, 2018
We Took the iPhone XS and XR into 26-Foot-Deep Water. Only One Survived.
[Video] The iPhone XR and XS are not waterproof. But they are water resistant, and you can take them for a swim without too much concern -- even in salt water. According to Apple, the iPhone XR can survive a dunk up to 1 meter (3 feet) for 30 minutes, meeting the IP67 standard. The more expensive iPhone XS and XS Max can withstand double that: 2 meters for 30 minutes, aka IP68. Watch this: How deep can the iPhone XS and XR go?
C|NET, November 20, 2018
WKMG Local 6, November 2, 2018
Underwater Drones Latest Addition to Orange County Fire Remote Control Fleet
[Video] ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County Fire Rescue has added two underwater "Trident" drones to its unmanned aerial system, or UAS, after conducting tests with prototypes earlier this year. The submersible units, which cost about $1,700 each, are tethered to a 300 foot line and powered by a battery that lasts roughly three hours in salt and fresh water. “It’s provided us a lot of good intelligence, gives us a good visual," he said. “We can see inside a car, outside a car and under a car without putting someone (a diver) in the water...
WKMG Local 6, November 2, 2018
Fast Company, April 17, 2018
This Underwater Drone Could Find The Lost Plane Clint Eastwood Crashed...
But survive they did. And the modern history of American filmmaking is far richer because of it. The passenger who nearly drowned on that fall day in 1951 was a then-unknown army private named Clint Eastwood. For 66 years and change, that Skyraider has been lost in the ocean. Now, a team from a Berkeley, California, has set itself an ambitious goal: “We’re going to find that plane.”
Fast Company, April 17, 2018
Wired, July 27, 2017
Explore the Murky Depths with an Underwater Drone
We've just gotten used to drones buzzing in the skies over public parks; now they’re set to invade the duck pond. The Trident sits on the crest of this new wave of underwater tech. Using a tablet, smartphone, or laptop as a controller, you can send the craft as deep as 328 feet, to zip around at a top speed of 4.6 mph and record video in 1080p...
Wired, July 27, 2017
National Geographic, July 29, 2017
5 Ways Underwater Drones Are Helping Citizens Save the Ocean
Later this year, an army of small swimming robots is set to plumb the mysteries of oceans around the world. Each one will have its own mission, as defined by citizen scientists interested in everything from reefs to "robomussels" that can self-monitor temperature. The underwater drones are the latest iteration of National Geographic Emerging Explorer David Lang's OpenROV project, an effort to accelerate marine discoveries by unveiling the ocean to more people via cameras on ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). With a grant from director James Cameron's Avatar Alliance Foundation...
National Geographic, July 29, 2017
Forbes, February 16, 2017
Using Drones to Explore the Ocean Floor
[Video] Drones have allowed amateur explorers to fly through the skies, but companies like OpenROV are determined to take us into the unknown, deep underwater. But with new territory comes unique challenges, and the solutions aren't always easily found.
Forbes, February 16, 2017
San Francisco Magazine, February 14, 2017
Submarines for Everyone
After four years of design and test piloting, Stackpole and Lang—a former sailing instructor and a recipient of the 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer award—were deploying Trident, their new drone, at the possible site of one of the bay’s most famous shipwrecks.
San Francisco Magazine, February 14, 2017
CBS This Morning, November 2, 2016
New Generation of Underwater Drones Makes Waves for 'Citizen Scientists'
[Video] 'Trident' is the newest model to come out of a Kickstarter campaign launched by David Lang and Eric Stackpole. While the technology is complex, the idea is simple: to let anyone become an explorer.
CBS This Morning, November 2, 2016
Virgin, October 14, 2016
We Only Conserve What We Love
The new generation of tools means that we're putting everyone on the cutting edge. Anyone with an internet connection can become a citizen scientist, participating in important research projects regardless of location, educational background or experience.
Virgin, October 14, 2016
National Geographic, September 5, 2016
This Low-Cost Robot Can Help You Explore the Ocean
Originally interested in building an underwater robot to explore a cave rumored to have gold and treasure, 2016 National Geographic explorer David Lang and a friend had no idea where their curiosity and drive for exploration would lead them. They turned to the Internet for help building their underwater robot, and a community of people emerged to assist. With the ability to descend to a maximum depth of a hundred meters, their low-cost underwater robot, called OpenROV, is redefining ocean exploration. Hear Lang talk about the journey to build OpenROV, how it is inspiring people to explore and engage in citizen science projects, and how the latest technology is creating a wave of low-cost, do-it-yourself products that are making new forms of exploration accessible to people all over the globe
National Geographic, September 5, 2016
Raspberry Pi Blog, August 2, 2016
OpenROV, Underwater Exploration with Raspberry Pi
The California-based company’s newest product, Trident, is an affordable underwater drone built with hackability in mind. OpenROV raised over $815,000 on Kickstarter for Trident, an entirely new product to follow their popular OpenROV 2.8 underwater drone. All of us are especially excited about Trident because there’s a Raspberry Pi 3 inside.
Raspberry Pi Blog, August 2, 2016
The New York Times, July 27, 2016
A Drone Start-Up Explores Underwater
OpenROV has sold more than 3,000 of a first-generation submarine, which is able to navigate below the surface, connected by a thin cable and controlled by software running on a tablet or smartphone. The new Trident, which will go on sale this fall for $1,499, will travel at speeds of almost four knots underwater and will have a high-resolution camera and a lighting system as bright as car headlights. It will operate from a wirelessly connected buoy.
The New York Times, July 27, 2016
BBC, July 19, 2016
Low-Cost Underwater Drone Explores SS Tahoe Shipwreck
Low-cost underwater drone has provided one of the closest looks at the SS Tahoe shipwreck for more than 70 years. The OpenROV project’s focus is affordability and accessibility, allowing exploration to be available for those who do not have big budgets. The SS Tahoe was sunk in Lake Tahoe in an attempt to preserve it, but it sank far deeper than was intended and only the most skilled divers could reach it until now.
BBC, July 19, 2016
Hack-a-Day, July 13, 2016
Highlights from Robotic Shipwreck Exploration
OpenROV shared the results of their June 2016 underwater expedition to locate and robotically explore the wreck of the S.S. Tahoe, currently sitting at a depth of 150m in Lake Tahoe. Back in 1940 the ship was intentionally scuttled in shallow water, but unexpectedly slid to a much deeper depth. OpenROV used a modified version of their new Trident design to dive all the way down to the wreck and take a good look at things, streaming it over the internet in the process.
Hack-a-Day, July 13, 2016
The Mercury News, July 8, 2016
New Sea Drone Will Open the Ocean to Amateur Explorers
New Sea Drone Will Open the Ocean to Amateur Explorers. The ability to remotely explore oceans and other bodies of water to depths exceeding 300 feet — which previously cost tens of thousands of dollars or more — is now priced about the same as a decent aerial drone. The Trident remotely operated vehicle will live-stream video, and is intended, with the associated OpenExplorer website, to create the biggest ocean-research platform in the world.
The Mercury News, July 8, 2016
National Geographic, June 18, 2016
The Underwater Revolution is at Hand
Before 2012, the world of remote submarine exploration was a small one. Each year, just a few researchers were able to explore a few sites at enormous cost and risk. Then David Lang and Eric Stockpile launched OpenROV, an inexpensive, open-source, easily hackable underwater rover. This small, remotely operated robot, capable of being built and tinkered with by almost anyone who has mastered the art of following IKEA instructions, has opened up the underwater world like never before, and created a uniquely engaged international community of explorers and inventors.
National Geographic, June 18, 2016
Discovery VR, May 31, 2016
Innovative Tech: The Submersible Drone
[Video] The Earth is 2/3 water and the ocean is impossibly deep. Eric Stackpole is looking to conquer the impossible with his underwater drone technology. Design expert Dr. Mike North checks in with him to learn about the future of deep sea exploration.
Discovery VR, May 31, 2016
Reuters, October 27, 2015
Underwater Robot to Raise Ocean Awareness
Ocean science and exploration is really tragically underfunded and there are all sorts of people that are stuck...trying to get the research done with very limited budgets and so this tool has become great for them," said Lang, adding that Trident will cost just a fraction of the price of conventional ROVs with much of the same functionality.
Reuters, October 27, 2015
NPR - TED Radio Hour, October 23, 2015
How Can We Open Source Exploring Our Oceans?
David Lang became an amateur oceanographer by getting a network of ocean lovers to team up and build open source, low-cost underwater explorers…[he] is the co-founder of OpenROV, a community of citizen ocean explorers who build small remote-operated underwater robots. Lang is also the author of Zero to Maker and a 2013 TED Fellow.
NPR - TED Radio Hour, October 23, 2015
TED, October 19, 2015
How to Investigate the Bottom of the Ocean — Without Getting Wet
Imagine climbing into the cockpit of your own personal submarine, zooming and diving through the depths of the ocean and exploring otherwise-unreachable underwater worlds — all without needing to know how to swim. That’s the promise of Trident, a new, ultra-compact underwater drone that can travel faster, dive deeper and stay submerged longer than the average scuba diver can, all while sharing discoveries live to the Internet.
TED, October 19, 2015
MAKE, September 14, 2015
Speedy New OpenROV ‘Trident’ Swims Like a Dolphin
Over the past few years, OpenROV has helped put underwater science into the hands of everyone with their affordable, open-source underwater submersible. The toaster-oven-sized device has allowed students, professionals, and hobbyists to exploring sunken ships and underwater caves, while transmitting video data back to the pilots for analysis...The Trident, launching today on Kickstarter, is more of a dolphin than a rover. Instead of housing its electronics (including an updated camera — 1080p at 30fps) in OpenROV’s traditional, boxy package, Trident uses a sleek wedge body that moves like an underwater flying wing. It’s an agile yet practical vehicle — the device dashes and spins with the push of its levers, then stops and pans where needed.
MAKE, September 14, 2015
Popular Mechanics, July 29, 2014
A Broken Robot Saved My Life
Everything was riding on that robot. When the test bombed, I was devastated. But while I moped about, Eric immediately started looking for solutions. He pulled the brushless motors off. "Must be a short here somewhere," he said. He was right—and he went on to develop a new process for waterproofing the motors. That was good engineering, but for me the breakthrough was Eric's approach to the situation. Where I saw defeat, he saw a chance to learn something new.
Popular Mechanics, July 29, 2014
Wired, November 24, 2014
Citizen Explorers, Meet Your New Submersible
Underwater exploration has traditionally been an exclusive endeavor, accessible only to deep-pocketed adventurers or researchers backed by government scientific agencies. But with the recent rise of citizen science and low-cost, open-source tools, the boundaries to underwater exploration are rapidly being degraded. OpenROV has been leading the charge since 2012, offering low-cost (sub-$1000) submersibles...
Wired, November 24, 2014
Forbes, July 20, 2012
OpenROV Will Change Exploration Of Last True Frontier
Although there are many, many terrific projects on Kickstarter, this ranks as my all-time favorite to date. The OpenROV project is an open-source underwater robot for exploration and education. Their goal is to provide kits for the DIY community.
Forbes, July 20, 2012
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