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Hobbyist builds Raspberry Pi powered underwater drone

Hobbyist Niels Affourtit, was inspired by a National Geographic documentary in which he witnessed an underwater rover explore the ruins of Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia.

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(Image via Raspberry Pi)

“I was impressed and started searching online to see if I could build one myself. I ended up at and decided to build mine from scratch using their knowledge,” wrote Affourtit on his YouTube channel.

The entire project took Affourtit about 250 hours and cost roughly $400. When it was complete, he was left with an underwater drone controlled by Raspberry Pi (Raspbian, 1B+). Portions of the rover were 3D printed and can be controlled via Ethernet cable, streams live HD video with PiCam, and has been tested to a depth of 12 meters so far.

In the video below you can see his underwater drone’s maiden voyage, which took place in a sweet water lake in the Netherlands in May.

Video via Niels Affourtit/ YouTube.

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