Bram Geenen TEDx Talk About Open Hardware

Wevolver co-founder, Bram Geenen, recently gave a talk on open hardware at TEDxMadrid 2015, where he presented the exiii HACKberry and OpenROV.

TEDxMadrid 2015 devotes a full day to celebrate the adventurous spirit of the amateur in different areas of knowledge: science, technology, creative, productive and entrepreneurial, but perhaps most importantly, in solving the world’s problems.

“It’s in the garages of the mind where new formulas are created that save lives and change design…”

Bram’s talk focused on how open hardware has empowered individuals to create technology and start businesses. In particular, how one of these projects has been empowering people to explore and study underwater environments since 2010 and it’s robots is now being used by both amateurs, scientists and companies alike.

Bram picking up the OpenROV he used in the TEDx talk

While in Madrid, Bram had the chance to catch up with some Spanish members of the OpenROV community, who had kindly lent him their robot for the TEDx presentation. They discussed the latest announcement from OpenROV, the long awaited, “Trident”.

After four years designing and piloting underwater drones with their community, OpenROV has taken everything they’ve learned and completely re-imagined what an underwater drone could be.

Their latest underwater exploration robot “Trident” has a unique design that combines the versatility and control of an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) with the efficiency of an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). It is capable of gliding underwater in long, straight survey lines called “transects” as well as perform delicate manoeuvres in tight spaces.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community. Learn more at