This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.
After four years designing and piloting underwater drones, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned and completely re-imagined what an underwater drone could be. Trident has a unique design that combines the versatility and control of an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and the efficiency of an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). It can fly in long, straight survey lines called “transects” as well as perform delicate maneuvers in tight spaces, all while maintaining a sleek and powerful form factor. Trident is easy to use and comes ready to go. Most importantly, it is incredibly fun to fly. (Flying really is the best term, because that’s exactly what it feels like when you’re piloting.)
At OpenROV, they talk openly about their desire to maximize “Return on Adventure.” They want to make sure that everyone who comes in contact with their project – community members, customers, employees, whoever – feels that their world is more interesting and more exciting because of it. They want to give people a sense of wonder about how much out there is yet to be explored and make it possible for anyone to be a part of exploring it. Trident is their best attempt yet to fulfill that promise. They’ve designed Trident to be ultra portable and ultra durable. The form factor is small enough to fit in a backpack or fit under an airplane seat. The side panels are overmolded with a strong, rubber coating, which gives it protection from underwater obstacles as well as rough handling when being transported.
As of September 23rd, this project has raised around $550,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 38 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $25, you will get one Special-Edition Red OpenROV Beanie. For a pledge of $949, you will get one Trident drone. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/openrov/openrov-trident-an-underwater-drone-for-everyone