I am going to design an automated tether management system, and I’m going to post details about my process, design, and progress here and on my website:
Building the ultimate tether management solution isn’t going to happen overnight, so this project is an accelerated 6-week build to see what I can cobble together before I join the OpenROV crew on their trip to Tahoe this June:
The goal is to make a big first step towards easy tether management, even if it’s just a 3D printer spool with a motor glued to it. (Hopefully it’s more than that!)
Please help me out by telling me the craziest, most genie-in-a-bottle features that you would like to see from an AutoSpool, and any advice or ideas on tether management in general. My hope is to keep posting every 2-3 days with progress, and to have a working system to show on the Tahoe expedition.
Wish me luck!