It is said that first impressions matter so I thought that I would record mine here. Having waited for my Trident, like many others, for the best part of two years it was exciting to know that it was finally on its way, albeit without the ordered 100m tether.
The Trident duly arrived and was unpacked from its cardboard box. Doesn’t sound very impressive but everything is well protected in polyurethane foam. The first surprise is the weight of the Trident, it is really reassuringly solid and looks very professional.
Next surprise is the plain white shell, no logos or marketing material apart from the two Open ROV stickers included in the box - surely a matter deserving of censure, particularly in view of the attractive Trident banner design - I have printed my own and applied to the vessel but it’s not quite the same as a factory product.
Third matter of concern, not so much of a surprise due to several forum comments, is that the Trident is definitely not ready to go out of the box. It is one thing that the Trident requires a firmware update before use but quite another that the operating software has to obtained via a download link which has to be requested via OpenROV support post delivery; this was all the more disappointing as I am located in Europe (GB) and California time is 8 hours behind. I have to say that Nicole from support did respond quickly and I was able to get up and running soon after but why isn’t the software link set up when the dispatch message is sent?
Moans over (Trident hasn’t even seen water yet), bench testing of the unit is most encouraging. My tablet works faultlessly as does my gamepad and Zeiss goggles, all without any re-programming or settings adjustment. The software also works well with my Android mobile, but no HDMI; touch screen control dispenses with the necessity of a gamepad with either tablet or phone although I find the gamepad experience more satisfactory.
I’ve posted a pic of my setup as detailed below:
Wireless gamepad Tronsmart G02 - Amazon £21
Teclast P80 tablet - eBay £45
Spyder RC rain protect pouch - Baitboats £19
Zeiss Cinemizer goggles (used) - eBay £175
I’m connected by wifi to the tablet, bluetooth from gamepad to tablet, HDMI from tablet to Zeiss goggles.
That’s it, more to follow after maiden voyage.