All components of the Shark are available as open source and open hardware. Check out our GitHub Organization!
Our oceans are in a critical state. We want to effectively motivate young engineers to work on solutions.
We want to make maritime technology accessible for everyone to promote it among schools and universities.
The vision of a low-cost underwater robotics kit was born. Late 2015 Reinhard started to work on the project as his Bachelor's thesis.
In April 2016 the first prototype of the Shark was presented at ECER 2016. The housing was completely 3D printed. Unfortunately the 3D printed parts failed in terms of waterproofness.
While the first prototype had the props included in the main housing, the Shark 2 had the props as external modules and was using a sewer pipes instead of 3D printed parts as main body.
At the ECER 2017 the robot was used in the second underwater tournament in Bulgaria. The sewer pipe was tested successfully.
Presentation of Shark 3 – slimmer, lighter and in a beautiful new design. Still open source, open hardware and DIY – now and forever.
It all started with an idea that maritime technology should be accessible to everyone. Our oceans are dying, because of pollution, overfishing, global warming – all human caused. Reinhard, passionate ocean conservationist had the idea of combining his passion with his mechanical engineering education. In his Bachelor's thesis he introduced the first version of the Shark. The design has changed, but not the idea and the intentions. Reinhard does all the calcuations and constructions and is writing the curricula. As well he's the leading force when it comes to following the aim of ocean conservation. Martin is the guy who made it all look awesome, a creative and reliable lead designer. And Clemens, he's the guy for everything concerning the electronic components and programming of the used Hedeghog. We're working on this project voluntarily but got support in terms of hardware and infrastructure (e.g. 3D printer) by the Practical Robotics Institute Austria.