Many of us like to wonder about the operating mechanics behind machines and how an inventor comes up with a brilliant idea. As such, curiosity is one factor that makes everything about inventing works.
Hakim is a maker who is always curious about how things work. He is always handling a project at any time be it for work, personal or community. He came to know about Maker Faire Singapore last year when he participated as one of the makers under HackerspaceSG. There, he showed a LEGO robot controlled via Bluetooth using an iPhone (http://www.abdulhakimhamid.com/mf2015). Therefore this year, he hopes to spread the mantra of being a ‘citizen scientist’ so that anyone can give a go at building something to discover something new.
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
For Hakim’s case, the idea of creating his own operating machine was partly from watching James Cameron’s documentary “Deepsea Challenge” and also his fascination for the unknown beneath us. He noticed that there are a lot of developments made for terra and space exploration but nothing much for underwater. As such, he is curious to know how feasible it is to make a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and compare it with industrial grade ones that costs up to 50 times more.
To start with, his creation is known as an underwater ROV. It has onboard HD video camera that provides live video feed to the surface on a laptop via a tether cable. Onboard batteries provide a run time of 60minutes. It is designed to go to a depth of 100metres underwater. Both vertical and horizontal thrusters provide propulsion underwater and since it is designed to be neutrally buoyant, it can maintained its bearing at any depth.
Come and give Hakim’s uniquely constructed ROV a visit at Maker Faire Singapore 2016 held at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) on the 25th and 26th June! We hope to see you bring your curiosity and build imaginative ideas there!
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