Standard OpenROV Compatible Kits Shipped!

It’s been a while since we sent out an update, but we’ve gotten a lot done! We’ve shipped almost 450 T100 Thrusters so far and we’ve shipped out all standard OpenROV Compatible Kits! We haven’t revealed a whole lot about the OpenROV Kit, so most of this update will describe that. Upcoming in the next week or two, we will have reports on the BlueESC and T200 Thruster as well as some very exciting depth testing results.

OpenROV Compatible Kit

Here’s what comes with each kit:

  • 2 x T100 Thrusters (standard)
  • 1 x M100 Motor (vertical thruster)
  • 1 x M100 Propeller
  • 1 x OpenROV Mounting Hardware Kit

You already know what the T100 Thrusters look like. Here’s what the M100, propeller, and mounting hardware kit look like:

The propeller is 3D printed in polished black plastic and designed to fit the OpenROV vertical thruster position. It uses a similar blade profile and shape as the T100 Propeller. It’s designed for efficient thrust in both directions, which is particularly important on the OpenROV.

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The Kickstarter is Live! Let’s do this.

In case we haven’t made it clear to you through our mailing list, Twitter, Facebook, or our home page:

The T100 Thruster Kickstarter is Live Now!

You’ve got from now until September 11th to back us, but don’t wait. There are early-bird reward levels that will only last so long. We need all the help we can get to launch the thruster and to start enabling the field of marine robotics to just about anyone! Your help means the world to us, so back us now!

24 Hours to Launch!


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We’re in the final hours before the T100 Thruster Kickstarter campaign launches!

We’ve made a few small changes to the campaign since we launched the preview last week. Here’s the important changes:

  • The rewards were all rounded to make the math easier for multiple quantities. The Early Bird Thrusters are now $90 each and the Regular Thrusters are $100 each.
  • We added a BlueROV Kit Reward Level. This includes the frame, thrusters, and ESCs and requires some basic assembly. You still need to provide the electronics. We recommend a 3DR APM2.6 Autopilot and a Raspberry Pi.
  • We are now including forward/reverse electronic speed controllers (ESCs) with any reward level for $20 each. They can handle up to 20 amps and are great for the T100s.

We also added some great data charts to the Kickstarter page and to the thruster. Check it out.

Remember, it launches at 8:30am Pacific TOMORROW.

– Rusty, Joe, and Josh

Announcing the T100 Thruster Kickstarter!

Today we are excited to announce a Kickstarter Campaign for our first product, the T100 Thruster.

The T100 is an underwater electric motor and propeller that is powerful, resistant to saltwater corrosion, and extremely affordable at $99 each. Before now, you would have to spend $500-$3,000 to buy a thruster, making marine robotics an exclusive field reserved for government, institutions, and large companies. We hope to change that.

The Kickstarter campaign will launch on August 12th, 2014 at 8:30am Pacific, but you can check out a preview of it right now:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847478159/913072768?token=fec31ec5

Please feel free to let us know what you think and spread the word! We need your help to make this happen!