Sneak Peek: VR Cockpit (Trident Kickstarter Update #5)


Original post : October 20, 2015

"The VR interface puts you in the cockpit of the Trident, and while it’s very beta right now, it’s obvious how fun it will be when the whole thing is perfected. You can watch the water flow around you, and curious fish faces pop into your view in glorious 3-D. It feels like an amusement park ride–except it’s real. You’re really driving around underwater, exploring."

-Annalee Newitz, Gizmodo

We've been talking a lot about the new VR cockpit for Trident. There's a reason: it's truly game-changing. Everyone we've given the demo to has said the same thing:

"Wow! That's amazing! This is definitely the future."

Instead of watching the video feed on the screen of your laptop or smartphone, you're actually sitting inside your own personal submarine, driving wherever you want. We demoed the latest VR cockpit at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire over the weekend.

Here's a 3D model of the cockpit. The most current version has telemetry built in, too. It will look quite a bit different by the time it ships next year, but this should give you a good sense for how exciting it is:

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at


Which VR goggles have been tested for the Trident and which equipment will be recommended bearing in mind both quality and price? Please arrange with shortcut/link to the 2-3 most suitable available in the market today.


I am also looking for VR goggle options. I do fly a DJI Mavic Pro and am thinking that DJI’s FPV goggles could be a good option if they would also work with the Trident. Has anyone explored this possibility?


DJI VR Goggles tested against the Trident/JFX S192K game Pad - YES

Connected via HDMI cable with necessary crossover, I had the pleassure of flying the Trident with the DJI VR Goggles.

This was a fantastic experience and we needed no expertise and no adjustment between the two units.
Just know your compass directions including your own location/direction.
It was awsome and great fun.
Will be hard to fly the Trident without in the days to come!
Will have to run to the shop!
Please note that this is a pair of pricy VR Goggles, but if you also have a DJI drone, it’s really worth the dollars.
More testing is needed.

Since the Trident controller is Android, the steering the unit with movement of your head/Goggles do not work.
This may change when we get an IOS version of the OpenROV Cockpit.

Happy diving!


Thanks so much for the input. I sprang for the DJI goggles and they arrived last week. All I need now is the Trident to plug them in to! Hopefully some sort of grabber/claw will become available to attach to Tridents belly.

Thanks again,

Steve Driscoll


Hi all, is there anyway to control the trident via a Android phone in a
pair of GearVR headset and a compatible controller like a SteelSeries
Stratus XL Wireless Gamepad? The headset and controller would only cost
around $175 rather than $500- $600.


This is exactly what I plan to try at some point, but I doubt it unless there’s a similar app to Bigscreen(Windows VR) for GearVR as the trident interface would otherwise need to be optimised for VR display.


If your goggles has an HDMI input you should be able to screen cast your tablet screen on to your goggles, however you will not be able to control Trident with you goggles.

We have tested the following here on our office via HDMI input:

DJI Goggles.

Fat Shark Transformer FPV Goggles

We are looking to test more here in our office. Thanks, Inge for sending over a list of potential VR goggles!


I’d rather see a GearVR mode that uses the gyro’s to do positioning, or a controller for moving the ROV :smiley:


I agree, GearVR and a controller is a about a 5th the cost plus if the
system uses Android already, is it hard to get it working on a GearVR? The
DJI Goggles. Fat Shark cost $600!


Has there been any more developments here ?

I don’t mind getting a set of Fat Sharks, but I do have a Note 8 and the Gear VR 2018, so it would be the best combo with a gamepad to archieve this.




I have the Fat Shark original Transformer and it only does 720p in the full screen mode and half that in the binocular mode.

The Transformer SE will do 720p, but the LCD output is about a 1/4 of that of the original full screen version.



@TCIII Do you prefer the full screen (full panel viewer) or the binocular mode ( binocular viewer) for the Fat Shark Transformer?



First of all, here is my original OROV Forum post on the use of the Fat Shark original Transformer.

The binocular version of the original Transformer has adjustable focus which the full panel version does not have but only has half the vertical resolution of the full panel display in each eyepiece. As I stated in my original post, I had to add a 3D printed focal length extender to the Transformer housing along with a 3.5 power magnifier lens to see the full panel display clearly.

If you have great eyesight, then you should get the Transformer SE binocular which can be focused and has 720p for both eyepieces unlike the original Transformer binocular version.



I received my Trident today. Great product but I wasn’t happy with how difficult it was to see the display in sunlight. I have a set of DJI Racing Edition Googles and also the DJI CrystalSky 7.85" Ultra Display that I use with my Mavic Pro drone. I plan to try both of these devices with my Trident tomorrow. Should be interesting.


I got a tablet that has a physical HDMI out port to run the Trident from. Then got an Avegant Glyph headset that plugs in to that. Works nicely, and with the way the Glyph is built you can easily look under or over it. Make it safer so you don’t walk off the edge of the jetty my mistake. J


I’m a big fan of the Headplay HD goggles. They have a HUGE field of view, good resolution, comfortable, can accept 2s-4s battery packs and are durable. Not to mention they have an HDMI input port.

I just snagged a second unit to take “passengers” for a dive…at this link.


Hi, Let me know how you crystal sky works. Been waiting for my trident for 3 years now. Shipping next week with 2nd generation motors. Have a DJI drone that I use with crystalsky. Works great. jim


I was hoping to try my DJI Goggles and CrystalSky Monitor today with my Trident but turned out I didn’t have a HDMI Mini-C to HDMI Mini-D cable. I should have the cable next week, so report to follow.


Thanks. Keep me posted.