ROV's of Course!

Post all your ROV pictures or ROV's in progress! I personally am still in the planning stage for my ROV but i'll try to post pictures as I go of it.

Topic by DELETED_craz meanman 10 years ago


NEW ROV

Hey this is matt and im building a ROV im just designing it right know but can you tell me what you think and tell me any helpful hints that you have.

Topic by Russian555 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


ROV Update.

Just a small heads-up, I've updated a couple of the images on my ROV concept 'ible with something more useful.

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


arduino rov code?

Hi i'm looking for someone who can design me an arduino code for my rov project if you are interested please send me a message thanks

Question by electroniccrazy 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to make an Under water ROV?

Give me full details !!!

Question by Milin 18 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how to make ROV tether/umbilical neutrally buoyant?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can you put sonar on an ROV?

How can a commercial sonar system be interfaced with a computer controlling an ROV? Also, how could one build their own homemade sonar system?

Question by jburley1992 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What are some ways to control an ROV?

Does anyone know how to run( and power) a 5 motor ROV? Info Tether: 2x Cat5 4x 14ga wires

Question by ry25920 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to Waterproof a DC motor easily?

Hellow Everyone!! I'm trying to build a ROV and bought 3 DC motors for that. I want to waterproof them. Please give me some general Ideas to waterproof them.

Question by sarveshk 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How could I make a Kort Nozzle for a 60mm prop?

I have some thrusters on my ROV that would benefit from a nozzle of some sort. I was thinking of using PVC pipe cut into lengths and then shaped to form the nozzle. I need it to attach to the housing of the thruster, but not impede water flow too much.

Question by SpaceShipOne 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


can you hack a picture viewer keychain to show vidieo?

I want to use a small cheap keychain picture things to show video form a cctv camera for a rov remote monitor. I just don't know if its possible or how to do it if it is. please help its driving me insane and thats not a far drive for me!

Question by jeepless 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Where to buy thrusters for ROV/RC Submarine?

I' am doing a arduino based ROV so i need thrusters Any links to buy online thrusters for ROV/RC Submarine?

Question by athuv 3 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How has built an ROV?

If you have built an ROV or submarine, post it here for the world of instructables to see I recently finished an ROV about a month and a half ago and I'm planning to overhaul it. Here are some pics. Also, look at thishttps://www.instructables.com/community/I-have-a-question-about-My-ROV-control-system/1.) front view2.) corner view3.) Power supply4.) controls (need work)UPDATE:< I now have a relay control board and 50' tether< the main design has change... Again.<4 motors instead of 5< extra wires in tether for manipulator arm

Topic by ry25920 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Homemade ROV camera mounting

I'm looking to set up a homemade ROV (probably using the SeaPerch or Seafox designs) and was wondering if anyone had successfully mounted a camera onto either of these systems. If so, I'd really appreciate it if you could shoot me a message. Thanks!

Question by gmaynard 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Relay control board for ROV

     I'm working on a control system for my ROV and I'm not sure what to do. I plan on having 2 wires for power then a cat-5 cable for control of relays/ video. Does anyone have any ideas, schematics, or plans for a relay based control system... Inputs to controls: - 12v boat battery - 5 pairs of 22 AWG solid wire ROV side hardware: - 3  500GPH attwood bilge pumps modified with 60mm model boat propellers - 1 A/V camera - 2 3 LED lights (9v per 3)   If anyone needs any extra information... The ROV is based off of the SeaFox ROV from www.amazon.com/Build-Underwater-Robot-Other-Projects/dp/0968161006.  Please realize that it uses a near similar frame but different motors. Thanks to all who help. Citing and stuff: - ROV picture - homebuiltrovs.com

Topic by ry25920 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What kind of battery do i need for my rov?

What kind of battery do i need for my rov? I'm in the middle of my rov project, i have five thrusters that take 60 volts total, 12 volts each and i don't no what type of battery to get like a car, atv, boat, etc....?

Topic by Percise 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to get ROV or RC Submarine to surface?

1) I plan to do a ROV so i gathered some information, But i need more help how to get the ROV from deep water to surface? 2) I have to take pictures from underwater and i have to do some image processing through Matlab so suggest me some best underwater cameras? 3) Please explain me about UROV thrusters?

Question by athuv 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


I have a question about My ROV control system.

I am building an ROV and I need to know whether this control board will work. I planed on Running 1 Cat5 and 1 set of speaker wires to control and run systems on-board. When I flip a switch on the control panel, a 3v signal is sent down the Cat5 wire to the base of a transistor, which opens the flow of power between the Emitter and collector. My main question is, does a transistor work as a switch? Example. A signal enters the Base and opens the other two connections. Is this right? Oh, and the other two pictures are what i plan for it to look like. I am building it using the motors from one project (posted recently) , the frame another, and my own control. I will post an instructable as soon as it is done.

Topic by ry25920 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I am building a submersible ROV and want to use an old USB webcam for my video. Answered

I would like to know how easy it is to cut off the end of the cable and splice in additional cable between the camera and the connector for the PC.  I also am curious how long I can make the cable without the loss of functionality - I would like 50 feet if I can. Thanks PaleoDan

Question by PaleoDan 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I'm undecided about my next project. ROV, Road Robot, Go-Kart, or CNC Mill? Answered

 I am interested in getting feedback from people on instructables, because, I need to narrow my focus down on a single upcoming project. My ideas are an underwater ROV, a four-wheeled high-speed robotic platform, a normal ride-on go kart, or a CNC mill. All of these ideas are projects for which I've been marshaling resources, and now the resource I'm lacking is the time (and cash) to do them all. So, what are you guys more interested in? Also, feel free to suggest projects you want to see that I haven't mentioned. You can check out my existing 'ibles to see what I've been working on lately, to gauge my abilities, if that helps.

Question by psymansays 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


(newsletter) Make Money with Cards, Underwater ROV, Melon Carving...

Sep 25, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Craft Skills Contest closes for entries this weekend. Submit your own crafty project and win a Singer sewing machine! The latest round of Burning Questions has launched! Help us with your answers and win a cool prize pack! Enter your food hack into the Hungry Scientist Contest and win your choice of some sweet prizes. The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest needs your eggs! Take an egg (real or fake) and decorate it inside and out in homage to the classic Faberge style. You can win a Sonos music system, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City! Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! October 2: Intro to Chainmail.Upcoming... Get ready for the biggest and best Halloween contest ever! October will be here soon, so start working on an elaborate costume and creepy decorations! Don't forget, anything posted since the close of last year's contest is eligible. How to make your fortune at cards by KaptinScarlet Make a superhero cape! by jessyratfink Build a wind turbine by mdavis19 Build a Surfboard Episode 1: Shaping by TimAnderson Closes for entries this weekend!Share your best food hacks! Joint Boards without a Jointer by Phil B Expandable Hydroponics System by wiley coyote Sliding pants rack by phantazn Illuminated Stained Glass Egg by RadBear Easy garlic bread and cheese by robbyt1961 Zombie Friend by Poe-tate-o Underwater ROV by SpaceShipOne Simple Melon Carving by dustinbikes 10 great outfit ideas to check out Unleash your decorating skills Easy T-Shirt Bleach Sketching by goosezilla Contemporary Street Number Plaque by cornflake_81 How to paint walls by dragonvpm Halloween decor werewolf head by missmonster Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Help (advice) with building a Nautilus

I believe that nature in itself has the solution for all our problems . I believe that a combination of mechanical engineering and marine biology (marine comparative bio-mechanics) can provide a new scope of development . I have always been fascinated and intrigued by marine animals which have survived billions of years and great changes of the Earth . ( eg . nautilus)  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nautilus ] . Its my understanding that this cephalopod has the most effective and energy conversant method of locomotion. It uses water jet propulsion for motion and uses the air cavities inside its shell for buoyancy  . These mechanisms of locomotion can be studied and modified for creation of low-speed , high-efficiency underwater locomotives . The Nautilus v.1 is a fusion of both biomechanics and state of the art electronics. It uses the habitual and operational features of the living fossil nautilus. The living nautilus is the sole inspiration reason for this underwater utility simply because of its magnificence. It has survived for millions of years in the open oceans which is a remarkable feat in itself but surprisingly it makes a daily trip of 150-200m from the ocean bottom to the surface nocturnally for feeding. Even though Nautilus v.1 uses many of the systems used by underwater rovs , it stands a class apart by achieving partial autonomy . The Nautilus v.1 is far superior from its rivals such as openrov, sea perch, etc. because of its low power consumption and longevity. It attains this by excluding power consuming components like propellers. Its operation is completely on the basis of neutral buoyancy attained by productions of gas bubbles by simple water electrolysis. The gas bubbles are collected in different gas chambers for operation at different water levels. The salinity of sea water facilitates water electrolysis and more gas can be produced with less currents. Graphite electrodes are used to prevent electrode corrosion. The electronics part is still under discussions for an optimum control unit. This will act as the base for addition of sensors and locomotive systems. Currently the main two platforms under work are the beaglebone black and the android versions. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Beaglebone would be optimum for component level additions, such as sensors can be added on, whereas in the case of an android system such as a smartphone, most of the sensors are inbuilt and their raw data can be attained. For progress till now, please visit http://opennautilus.wordpress.com/

Topic by cecilj 4 years ago


Underwater ROV Arduino assistence please. Answered

I am participating ( with other students ) in a highschool level underwater rov competition, i would LIKE to use arduino to control the robot. BUT ive never done something like this before what id like to know is besides the Arduino board ( not sure if Uno would work or if Mega would be necessary ) what kind of compnents would be necassary  Like would the arduino be controlling the motors directly or would it control something to turn on/off the motors? as the motors run on higher voltages then the arduino does and what would the control side of it be like? i would LIKE to have a basic joystick  (2 axis, nothing fancy) and a few buttons but would that require a specific shield or something more complex?

Question by shabaki 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What could I use for a depth sensor in a SeaPerch ROV? Answered

I am in the process of building a SeaPerch ROV, and I want to add a few sensors with an Arduino. I have the other ones figured out, but I can't figure out what I could use for a depth sensor. I've thought about using a pressure sensor and calibrating it to give me a rough estimate of how deep it is, but I don't think that'll work too well. So if someone has some ideas for what I could do for this, that would be quite helpful. Thanks.

Question by mbudde 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


What would a basic arduino controlling system for an underwater ROV be like?

I am working on an underwater ROV for a competition and have been considering using Arduino to control it. However. I have not actually ever used Arduino and therefore have no knowledge of the subject. So my question is this, what would the basic components be for controlling the ROV be? It would have to be able to control several (4-ish) medium sized motors as well as 2-3 small motors and i would LIKE to have either a joystick and a few buttons on the controlling side. I can imagine ALL the power would be unable to be run through the Arduino system so would it be that there would be some kind of second component for say each motor to control power flow? Also the motors are "double throw switch" motors so there would not need to be any kind or" throttle "

Question by shabaki 7 years ago


Best Motors for underwater thrusters?

I plan to do a Arduino based ROV for that i need thrusters i searched for thrusters but can't find for cheap, So plan to do thrusters please suggest me best motors for thrusters?

Question by athuv 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Best camera housing design?

Anyone have a very good way of making the camera housing, please contribute... this is my design, but it is rather heavy..

Topic by daniel2008 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Sonic data transmission?

This is just an idle thought, but I was reading a couple of ROV builds, and the one thing they all have in common is a tether - it's a fact of the world that very little in the way of radio signal can penetrate water. So... Could you send control signals to an ROV via sound or ultrasound?  Could beeps and clicks carry enough data, far enough, and clearly enough, to control an ROV? Even more fun, how much data could come back? Sensor readings? Images? Just throwing it out there for you to toy with, but it would be fun to have genuinely-remote control for this class of robot.

Topic by Kiteman 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


What would be a good way to vary between 12V, 15 Amps and 0V, 0 Amps, gradually?

 The power is coming from a battery, and so is DC and has nothing built in to vary it. For example, what potentiometers or the like could reliably handle it?

Question by electrick 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wireless CameraI? Answered

Hi, is there anyway to attach a camera to a ROV, robot, RC car/plane? I was thinking maybe using like a radio transmitter to transmit the signal or whatever. Also accepting non-radio ideas. Oh, and the smaller the better, and long antennas=not an option. (Maybe a dish, but no antenna, atleast not the long kind).

Question by LiquidLightning 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How could I make a robotic claw that I could put on my rov?

Question by scubachase2000 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Making a Computer program to output serial data to an arduino?

      I am making an underwater ROV, like a remote controlled submarine, and I am looking for a way to control it.  All of the commands are set up to run off of serial commands going to the on board arduino.  This is what I would like to know: Is there an easy way to send custom serial data over a computers USB port, controlled by some sort of virtual controller

Question by ConnorFD 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Controlling a motor with PWM

I'm building an ROV for the MATE ROV competition with a high school team this year.  For this year's competition, we've decided to control our bot via an Arduino Mega, and we're using PWM to potentiate the thrusters.  As the person designated to electrical, I fortuitously have no idea how to set up an intermediate step from the Arduino to our thrusters.  I've looked into H-Bridges with both Relays and Transistors, and defaulted to the transistor. How would I choose what transistor to use though? I've tried several (all BJTs) and they're giving me nothing but problems.  Should I switch to a FET? Should I use a P type and an N type, or only one?  What specs should I purchase them with?  Do I ask too many questions? Help!  (I'm trying to control a 12V 6A motor with a 5V Pwm signal. Thanks!)

Question by unununium 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


WANTED FREE trolling motor (southestern CT)

Wanted for school project, New/Use/Broken Trolling motors. will pick up around mystic, westerly area. THANK YOU

Topic by smithy813 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


3D Printing layers separating

Hi! I have a project going with a 3D printer. Is a 4" X 4" X 10"  square enclosure used for holding electronics in an ROV. Whats happening is that the plies are separating. Not a good thing for an underwater vehicle. Has anyone experienced this with a larger 3D printed object? Will upload a pic when I get to my home computer.

Topic by spiderbear 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


fiber optic transmitter and reciever booster

I am a hobbist/inventor/sculptor/geek. I am looking for plans or a kit to build a fiber optic booster transmitter and reciever. Or even a unit that can send and recieve data and video signals. The signal must be able to travel a minimum of 300 ft. I am trying to build a submersible rov that I can afford. The other option that I might have is a rf to fiber optic converter. Would anyone be able to help me out?

Topic by batguanno 12 years ago


How to limit amp draw of motors?

I am building an ROV that uses four thrusters, each can draw up to a maximum of 3-5 amps (motor says 3, website says 5 here). However, I will need to step up the voltage and I cant find anything that provides more than 10A continuous (currently using this but open to a higher amp option), so how can I limit the current the thrusters use in order to make sure that I dont blow out the DC-DC converter?

Question by OlliM1 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Need Project Ideas for 4-H SET

Hi, I am a third year project volunteer with 4-H and looking for ideas on what our next years project theme should be, So far in year one we did robotics (vibrating bots, BEAM, Legos, and underwater ROVs). In year two we did mechanical devices (solar cars, catapults and compressed air rockets). Any unique ideas for our 7-12 year old age group is encouraged. Info on our activities are here.

Topic by phatguppy 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


free energy!!!!!

Just take a look here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkLfpXpO5sQ cant this be increased in number and make energy just have a look a scenario cant 12volt dc motor be driven with 5 such wheels with more strong magnets. motor http://www.google.com.pk/imgres?hl=en&client;=firefox-a&hs;=RKo&sa;=X&rls;=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw;=1024&bih;=667&tbs;=isz:m&tbm;=isch&prmd;=imvns&tbnid;=cJRbQTZiqa21GM:&imgrefurl;=http://www.submarineboat.com/rov_joystick_for_props.htm&docid;=uxrFBCiE5M-zVM&imgurl;=http://www.submarineboat.com/images/rov/motor_dc.JPG&w;=500&h;=320&ei;=q55WUNjSDKr04QSZ6ID4Dg&zoom;=1&iact;=hc&vpx;=450&vpy;=191&dur;=3657&hovh;=180&hovw;=281&tx;=163&ty;=96&sig;=108762749557294498357&page;=1&tbnh;=120&tbnw;=187&start;=0&ndsp;=15&ved;=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:77 what is expected

Topic by SARWAR_SARWAR 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


[newsletter] 17-Foot Gandhi, BBQ Tips, Sweet Tea...

July 10, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Robot Contest ends this weekend! Make the most of that extension we gave you, add some finishing touches, enter your Instructable by Sunday night! The Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest starts today! Win lots of cool clothes from Horny Toad by sharing your own original sport or game.The winners from the BBQ PDQ Contest have been announced. See who won!There's now an Instructables page on Facebook. Become a fan, post on the wall, and even upload some pictures or videos. Four Square Chair by wholman RC truck robot conversion by OracsRevenge Best FREE Things to do at Disney World by woofboy111 BBQ: Fall Off the Bone Beef Ribs by Mr. Rig It Smashed Mutant Octopus book "shelf" by Sunbanks Night Stand Charging Station Lamp by drocko BBQ Hero - slow cooking, smoking, and sauce bars by dave spencer DIY Force Sensitive Resistor (FSR) by kylemcdonald Southern-style Sweet Tea for Summertime by reno_dakota How to Climb a Tree (with prussiks!) by stasterisk Glass Dining Room Table "Etching" by Code128 Bumcamping in Japan by TimAnderson Win cool clothes from Horny Toad! Get published in the Instructables book! See who won! Build a thruster for a submersible or ROV by Kajnjaps Pulled Pork by Ticking-Timebomb A New Desk... From A Dresser by MercuryCrest 17-Foot Tall Cardboard Gandhi by delappe Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


RoboGames Robot Contest Winners

Instructables and RoboGames are happy to announce the winners of the Robogames Robot Contest! With all of the fantastic robot entries out there, the task of creating your own robot army has just gotten a lot easier. We'd like to send a big "thank you" to everyone who took the time to share their knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world.Judging was done by David Calkins, Simone Davalos, Eric Wilhelm, Robin Lemieux, Robots Dreams, and Sb.And now, on with the winners! Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive a Robot prize package including both Instructables Robot and RoboGames t-shirts, and a selection of robot-themed stickers. Category: Locomotion Pneumatic Animatronic Lego Snake Inchie BiPed robot V-3 The Manta Drive: proof-of-concept for an ROV propulsion system How to build the one motor walker! Category: Manipulators Mechanical Dry Erase Board How to build a simple robotic arm from Lego Mindstorms NXT? extendo hand Rubber band shooter / minifigure launcher Really, REALLY Easy USB Motor! Category: Brain Experimental Robot Platform Building Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smaller RC truck robot conversion Ard-e: The robot with an Arduino as a brain Beginning LCDs Category: Sensors Ultrasonic Batgoggles DIY lego light sensor infrared ground/object sensor for robot navigation robot movement distance control fischertechnik Easter Egg Robot Category: Aesthetics WowWee's Elvis Alive to The Elivinator Project Wall-E Robot How to design and build a combat robot K'nex Programmable Automaton How To Build Your Own Instructables Robot Assistant Category: Reuse & Recycling Individuality Bot Build Your Own Butler Robot!!! - Tutorial,Photos, and Video How to Build a Robot - The BeetleBot v2 ( Revisited ) The Rock SOCBOT - the next generation vibrobot First PrizeThe author of this Instructable will receive a RoboPhilo Walking Android kit! Plus the Robot prize package including both the Instructables Robot and RoboGames t-shirts, and a selection of robot-themed stickers. Wall-E by 4mem8 Grand Prize The author of this Instructables will receive a trip to the June 2009 RoboGames in San Francisco, CA! Includes airfare for one from anywhere within the continental US, 4 nights in a hotel near the event, and VIP access/entry fees. Experimental Robot Platform by societyofrobots

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago