Good night all. So I have been reading about the project and the progress you have made. First thank you for working on that and make it possible. Also, I have some questions about the project itself.
So I checked the documentation on Git and the pdf. Also noticed that you’re changing to Latex. So I wanted to know if you have made big changes to the information and if is it possible to have access to the new one (or to the link of the Latex project).
To better understand the robot and the project itself I wanted to ask you some questions. First, with respect to the specifications, I wanted to know if you have some references where I can find more information about the explanation of some of them. Like for example, why a working width of 60 cm, a ground clearance of 10cm or a travel speed of 1.8km/h. Second, should we specify what a cut grass means? For example if there is a maximum size of grass to say ok it is cut, or a percentage of the 2 hectares that has to be cut to set the task as completed. What I want to say is if there is a way out there to know that we are actually cutting the grass as we want. This can help us to be sure if our robot will be a 100% stand-alone entity or if it will require, as many other solutions out there, an additional whisper sniper or something else to finish the cut.
Thirdly, with respect to the future of the project, It will be sold to farmers once finished? Or is it made in a way that everybody can manufacture it, program it, assemble it and deploy it in his own house? It will be important in terms of the final deliverables: an executable program to be loaded to a computer plus 3D files to print your own robot, a plug and play machine or a list of steps to build the robot. Also, that will help us to know to whom we are targeting the project: someone who knows how to weld a entire pcb, someone who knows how to use linux and program a computer or just someone who can use other opensource or not expensive tools like arduino.
My actual work
Now in the company where I am doing my internship, I am working with ROS and canopen. My job for the moment is to create packages and configure the ros_canopen existing ones to develop applications with a robot. So I think I can also help with that part. However, I am not sure if there is someone else in the project and on what are you guys working. I feel like before start doing things we could begin by designing and setting the entire device. Like the mechanical and electronic layer designs and the required calculations first before start programming. But I’m not really sure, I have never worked in a real project, only academic ones, so I don’t know how is it. Also, I don’t know how do you like to work or if you have a planning or a structure.
So thank you very much again and I am sorry for the long message and the amount of questions. I hope I won’t take much of your time. Finally, I see there is a part of the documentation in french. I also speak french so let me know if you want to switch for the conversation between us. Have a good night!