Engineers are problem solvers. Some of these solutions are “serious fun” – they have a playful side to a serious problem. And they want to share these with others. The internet makes this easy. There are thousands of “open” projects where people from around the world work together creating and improving on the work of others.

The most active “open” groups develop and maintain software or include a software component. Computer programs are known as “source” code. Although not all “open” projects have “source” code, the term “open source” covers most of the projects. You get the idea.

Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.<

  • OpenROV – (open-source remotely operated vehicle) is a telerobotic submarine built with the goal of making underwater exploration and education affordable. This DIY (do it yourself) community centered around underwater robots for exploration & adventure is a group of amateur and professional ROV builders and operators from over 50 countries who have a passion for exploring the deep. The video OpenROV Explores Aquarius talks about open software and OpenROV design and development, as well as shows views of NOAA underwater habitat [/Pressure Aquarius]. In the brief description of the OpenROV, there are diagrams and references to other “open” OpenROV components – software includes arduino code, hardware, electronics. video (2:46)

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