David, many thanks for posting those pictures. I hope you manage to make something cool with HG (which by the way I love the UI).
I’m more than happy to answer any questions in this thread, so please fire ahead as much as you want.
Really good questions, I hope I can answer them properly:
CODE: The code on the Xmega is in C (using CodeVision) and yes eventually the source code if required or demanded by popularity will be released. Right now, in this beta phase, releasing it would probably create instability on the hardware with the potential consequences on the physical world. My target is to create a pleasant, trouble free and stable experience, when that is done, then I don’t mind if someone else wants to destroy it.
CLONING: I’m not too worried about that as my priority here is not financial. The idea of machinon has really come out after a few years of tinkering with things and spending more time getting basic stuff done that the project I wanted. Yes, I know it is a bit industrial… but I like industrial grade things, and every invention takes a bit of its inventor personality
Honestly, don’t care about cloning, and believe it would be bloody hard work!
Some stuff already here:
@David_Wallis , the permissions for nginx are driving me nuts! and I haven’t found a different way of doing it https://github.com/EdddieN/machinon/blob/master/documentation/rpi_setup.md but I have no other way to have php make the config files and push them to the UART of the Pi without giving rights… The wonders of open source: HELP!
KICKSTARTER: Good point, I love to, just I’m not there yet. I followed a few campaigns and really dislike to wait half a year to get whet I backed up. If I do it, I want to make sure things are shipped in 2 months. If there’s enough interest I will definitely do it, and yes at a manufacturing cost. Just need enough pull from it.
Why? I really like what Red Hat does with CentOS and I use a lot of open source software so it is time for me to do something too if I know how to do it.
MODULAR: Yes, the market is full of modular things. I do not thing it needs another one. I think this is clear when you see machinon (attached picture of my end goal look alike)
PRICE: I’m negotiating with a few EA companies… volume is critical. I think the sweet spot is around the 300 units which obviously I cannot fund myself. So showing interest and sharing it is critical for its price to go down as much as possible. Perhaps the community should dictate the price? Obvioulsy being a bit sensible… but it is another way that would help me negotiate with EAs
Hope I have answered the questions, please keep them coming.
Ah! Also toying with the idea of Node-Red, anyone experience enough and with track record?