Yesterday (Sept. 14th) at 12:00 Noon the two young garage inventors (Eric Stackpole and David Lang) of the 2012 "OpenROV" project began their 46 day Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000.00 to help launch their second more advanced ROV named "Trident". At 6 minutes past Noon they had raised $69,285.00 . At 10 minutes past Noon they had been backed by $73,323.00 . 24 hours later they have achieved $283,366.00 ! An awesome feat for a world changing project and it is well deserved. I predict that the open source "Trident" ROV will cause a sea change in how the people of the world perceive our mostly unexplored water bodies and it could not happen at a more pivotal moment for our planet and its sacred bodies of water, both salt AND (not-so) freshwater.
I will keep this short for now but HIGHLY encourage you to explore this wonderful emerging tech. It's not a completely new idea but it will make underwater research and discovery more available to the peoples of our planet and we will see more and map more of planet Earth's waterbodies and their inhabitants than ever before. And perhaps, just perhaps, we will be driven to take much better care of them as it becomes clear to everyone what they harbor and how we are impacting them ;-)
The "Trident" Underwater Drone will be selling for $1,199.00 and is promised to be delivered in November of 2016 but at this very moment on Kickstarter you can back the project by placing an order for one at the "Overflow Early Bird Special" price of $799.00 - but be quick about it as there are only 62 of the 300 positions left as I write this!
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