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These Tiny, Personal Submarines Take The Next Step Toward Making Everyone An Explorer

The next Age of Exploration may just be beginning. For centuries, lone explorers have led us over the horizon sponsored by monarchs, governments, and space agencies. Now it's your turn.Cheap drones, rovers, PhoneSats, and quad-copters are arriving in garages in unprecedented numbers. Packed with sensors and microcomputers, these new tools mean you can start exploring the air, land, and oceans on your own.One of these new tools, OpenROV, a open-source kit submersible, is leading the way in the underwater realm. Co.Exist has been following the OpenROV story as more than 200 of the tiny tethered subs have dove beneath the waves from Australia to Antarctica. The company, co-founded by Eric Stackpole and David Lang (full disclosure: a friend from the Bay Area), recently snagged $1.3 million in venture capital from True Ventures and SK Ventures.Funding companies like OpenROV is what more VCs need to do in today's economy, writes Jon Callaghan of True Ventures, to support "founders daring to do big things," even if a massive market for underwater drones is not waiting.Lang, who is also the author of the recently released book, Zero to Maker, about his personal journey in the maker movement, recently sat down for a Q & A by phone to talk about the future of citizen exploration, the latest OpenROV, and how makers are re-creating the future.

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17 Sep
Chris Anderson @chr1sa
These Tiny, Personal Submarines Take The Next Step Toward Making Everyone An Explorer http://t.co/x0WyPh385r via @FastCoExist
17 Sep
MAKE @make
RT @bjepson: OpenROV could be the Dobsonian telescope of ocean exploration! @davidtlang in http://t.co/1y9WqbPilg #zerotomaker
17 Sep
Brian Jepson @bjepson
OpenROV could be the Dobsonian telescope of ocean exploration! @davidtlang in http://t.co/1y9WqbPilg #zerotomaker