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Oct 09, 2006, 01:50 PM
Professor Joe Valencic

Underwater ROV Eyeball

The following pics provide an overview of an underwater ROV eyeball that I created. It used two 420 line Sony board cameras facing fwd and aft in two precision glass optical dome ports. Propulsion is by two small waterproof electric motors with magnetic couplings so there are no o-ring seals. The cable to the surface provides the video signal(s) in addition to the RC control signals. While the RC frequencies will not transmit through water at any great distance, you can send them along a single wire for very long underwater distances. It has been a great tool to explore the bottom on the lake that I line on....and maybe to find some of those sunken RC electric boats I lost!
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Oct 10, 2006, 10:45 PM
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very cool! keep us posted
Oct 18, 2006, 08:38 PM
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Hey, I seen your ROV Eyeball and that is nice work.
I am building a small rov and I will control it with a basic stamp. Most of the ROV has been easy to design and build, but I have run in to a problem with the thruster's. After a lot of research, I see that I will need to use a magnetic coupler to go deep. I see you ROV Eyeball use's magnetic couplers. Could you give me some pic on how you did yours.

I have a sherline cnc mill and lathe to build any parts I my need.
Oct 29, 2006, 02:32 PM
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Which motor thrusters are used in your ROV ? how do you control the depth ?
Apr 18, 2007, 09:11 PM
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your thrusters...

Could you tell me more about your thrusters? I am a newbie who wants to build an ROV good to 100 feet.
May 27, 2007, 04:10 PM
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Question reg. the dome ports

First of all. That little ROV look very nice. A friend of mine and I are also in the game of building a ROV, but in the use of wreck-hunting. Visiual insprction of echos on the echo sounder in the boat. That means we don't have to dive to identify. Thats handy when the wrecks is located deeper then 50 meters

Well we are at the moment building a Canon Camcorder into a housing, that we be able to use on the ROV, but also use as a normal under water video setup. Until now we have been playing with a flat port, but we need to move over to a dome port and a wide angle lens on the camera. When I searched the net for dome ports I came over you port regarding your ROV Eyeball. I looks very nice a perhaps the domes you have used are just what I'm looking for.

Can you provide any information on the domes? Manufacture, Price, Where did you buy them etc.

I hope you can help. Thanks a lot.


Aug 08, 2007, 11:39 AM
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Well, I'm also building a micro rov. Using a color LCD screen equipted camera good to about 60' I planned on bolting on some thrusters and figuring out how to steer it. The thruster suppliers are what I'm after. I look forward to your source info.
Mar 28, 2008, 05:35 PM
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Eyeball Material Plans etc.

I was wanting to know if you would share your material used and plans for building your eyeball ROV. I am a Marine Deputy and we need a device simular to what you have there for body recovery, evidence searches, vehicle found underwater and so on. Let me know if you can help.


Jan 28, 2009, 12:30 AM
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Underwater electric motors

Professor Joe- Where can I get, or how do I build are the underwater electric motors you are using on your "eyeball?" I would like to adapt them as recovery pods on a freesailer boat.
Thanks for your fascinating posts.
Aug 06, 2011, 01:07 PM
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Where did you get the motors for the eyeball? I am starting out to make a rov to check out things under water. How did the 420 take images under the water? How did you record or view the images. I see that you used a 680 Sony on you upgrade, have you used it at night. Does it have ledís for inferred viewing at night?

Dome port, I see them on the internet for camera housings but they cost a lot of $ís. Where did you get yours?

Apr 15, 2014, 10:38 AM
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Hi Professor Joe,

Not sure whether you posted replies to above questions. I'm also interested in sourcing some of parts for underwater "eyeball".

Can you reply or PM with any information?


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