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January 3 2013

DIY underwater rover makes public debut


A build-it-yourself underwater rover is now officially for sale after success on Kickstarter, and anyone can order one and put it together. It may not be a breeze to construct, but now you don't have to be James Cameron to do your own submarine exploration.

OpenROV is a bare-bones underwater robot that runs on C batteries and can be operated from just about any computer. It's meant for classrooms and amateur explorers, who can explore the bottoms of lakes and coral reefs from the safety of the boat via a live video feed and simple controls. It's designed to go as deep as 100 meters, or about 328 feet.

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