OpenAUV has had a long hiatus. Why? I could blame my own need to focus on generating income for a while. But I think I also have been disheartened that many (but not all) OpenAUV members have disagreed with some of my fundamental assumptions about how the vehicle should be designed.
But perhaps the concept of “the vehicle design” is part of the problem. What if there were a set of vehicle designs, each with its own set of champions? Can the designs share sub-system designs? If so, then what is the definitive list of subsystems? Can one design fork/branch another’s subsystem? These are the questions I will ponder over the next few weeks as this site is redesigned.
Everyone who has tried to use this site over the last few months… please accept my apology for not keeping the SMTP settings up to date. When I saw no activity in my inbox, I assumed there was no activity on the site (and likewise, no interest). Lo and behold, there was a lot of activity, but I was not being told about it… so I was not informed of any users’ first postings, and I did not receive any contact attempts.
It’s a new year, and I resolve to start over and broaden the management of this site so I am no longer the sole gatekeeper.
So the concept development phase is going slowly. Eric Raymond (author of fetchmail) mentions (here:http://catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/ar01s10.html) that developers are more likely to jump on-board if there is a baseline design to improve upon/complain about. So for a while, I’m going to rely a little less on collaboration, and provide a little more design guidance.
The OpenAUV design is a blank slate. Participate now to influence the direction of this new vehicle.
OpenAUV is a new effort to try and create low-cost, fully open source, free-swimming autonomous underwater robots for use in education and environmental exploration. Our intention is to involve the community in the complete design process, from functional requirements generation, through conceptual design and design for manufacture. Please be patient while we set things up, then please participate!