|Re: Open45s: Commitment poll|
Message #8 Posted by DaveJ on 11 Nov 2007, 10:23 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Meenzer
*Warning Will Robertson"!!
Whilst everyone's intentions are admirable, I cannot think of anything worse than people paying into some project fund hoping that something is going to magically pop out the other end. Having had experience in projects just like this, I can almost guarantee it's not going to work, and things will turn very nasty indeed.
If this thing is going to happen, here is (in my opinion) an example realistic and risk free way it could progress:
1) Forget having a project "fund" or project "team". Forget deadlines and commitments.
2) Mr Housing comes up with a *real* 3D cad drawing (not just a 3D render), with real dimensions and internal bits, and all the real stuff that you can simply feed into a 3D printer and get a real calc with pushing buttons. This is presented to the community and tweaked until at least a few people agree. This will need a some input from Mr PCB in #3, unless Mr Housing has the skills.
3) Mr PCB (who has one of the housings) designs a circuit and PCB and presents this to the community. Tweaks are done until at least a few people agree.
4) Mr Housing (or someone else) asks for PayPal donations to manufacture a couple of prototype housings. Mr PCB asks for PayPal donations to manufacture and assemble a few boards.
5) Quick'n'dirty check to make sure a second spin is not needed on either the housing or PCB. i.e. it fires up, we get hello world, and buttons push ok.
6) At this stage you know you have a real product. Further PayPal donations are taken to pay for a few more full prototypes.
7) Mr Software (who has one of the real prototypes) cuts some code to at least get the thing adding two numbers together.
Congrats, we have a real working first prototype.
Note that I haven't factored in the front panel or key legends.
Notice the BIG hurdle at step #2?
There are several big hurdles which must be tackled by keen individuals. A project team isn't going to help one bit.
Also, and hears the rub, has it not occurred to everyone that the Open45s already exists in the form of Eric Smiths DIY3 prototype??
Eric's DIY3 prototype is **THE BEST** that any Open45s project can hope to produce as a first prototype. Just picture it in black with a bigger/better screen. If anyone thinks the Open45s prototype will look or operate substantially better than the DIY3, then they are kidding themselves.
It seems silly to waste all of Eric's effort and start from scratch, he's done all the hard yards. Perhaps Eric would be kind enough to share his vision of what he has in store for his DIY project, and if he is willing to share his drawings and knowledge so others can build on it?