1. World of explorers.

    OpenROV is an open source submersible robot, designed to facilitate DIY underwater exploration. This handsome little fellow can rotate, change depth, and descend at least 65 feet — all powered by regular C batteries.

    The project blew through its funding goals this summer, raising over $100,000 on Kickstarter. Now the creators have released a map of the global OpenROV community as they prepare to ship backers’ kits out, revealing a network of underwater explorers on six continents. 

    We’re looking forward to a slew of aquatic discoveries from around the world next year, as OpenROVers dive below the surface to explore the other 70% of our planet.