As we mentioned last week on the blog, the new OpenROV v2.5 is here! We were driving them all weekend at World Maker Faire in NYC and received a lot of, "Wow, I didn't realize how far the OpenROV project had come."
It's true. Thanks to all the feedback and development work of the community, this new version quite the tool. Here are some of the highlights:
Much more durable
Tighter dimensional tolerance
Lower density → added buoyancy
Semi-translucent → verify vent plugs are in place without removing main tube
Lighter color → more visible in water
Can be built in a weekend
Cleaner build makes modification and debugging easier
Added buoyancy allows more payloads to be mounted to ROV
We've started shipping the new OpenROV v2.5. We're working through pre-orders first and new orders will ship within 1-2 weeks. Many of these new features can be integrated into v2.4 and earlier versions. We'll have another post this week on specific upgrades, as well as each of the different components in the OpenROV store.
When will you be selling the OpenROV Controller Board? Looking forward to taking your control systems and implementing them into our high school classes.
Everything about the v2.5 is so cool!
Aaah - this is soooo cool that I'd like to replace my 2.3 ROV with the new 2.5 Version if I could afford it ;).
But I'm interested in buying the new controller board - is it also compatible with the "old" Beaglebone or will I need the new BBB for it? Will you offer it as a single item in the shop soon?
Yes Eric told me it will work. I ask him same question because i ordered a BBW few weeks before launching Version 2.5 :)
Yes! We'll definitely have it in the store. It may take a week or two. We want to fill all the kit orders first. You'll love the new board.
"New endcap design
What makes the flange stronger? is it thicker? Or is it a different shape?
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