Aquabotix factory visit, and hand’s on the HydroView

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

7 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    A high tech company starting up in a small and somewhat beaten down mill city naturally got some attention from the business press. I particularly enjoyed this piece:

  2. Sandy says:

    Wonderful article Ben. Thank you!
    And Merry Christmas!

  3. BushmanK says:

    I can add a couple of words about the internals of this device. The “Linux PC” actually is BeagleBoard xM. I’m also wondering, what interface do they use to connect the camera. There is dedicated camera connector on the board, and on the third photo it’s clearly visible – it’s not connected. It makes me thinking that camera uses the USB port. Maybe, there are some reasons for that (the first one – price tag of cameras for dedicated port, the second – length limitations of camera interface), but anyway, using the dedicated camera port could make picture better.

  4. Peter says:

    Sigh…$4000,don’t think Santa is going to bring me one.
    I can see prices dropping in the future though.

  5. John says:

    You could always build your own:

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, John; OpenROV is neat! I particularly enjoyed the video on their About page:
    Also their store opened today and a kit is $830, which makes sense versus the ready-to-go and warrantied HydroView, I think:

  7. Peter says:

    Yes,thanks John,I have thought of an ROV but I have so many unfinished projects already!

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