|Re: OT: Does anyone have access to rapid prototyping?|
Message #5 Posted by Hugh Evans on 8 Oct 2011, 2:41 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by uhmgawa
I don't want to create confusion by listing specs that are not yet set in a public forum. If you send me a PM I will be happy to discuss this at length with you. A great deal of room exists for changes right now and I am being vague and evasive only because I *want* to avoid any confusion at this stage.
A fully concurrent engineering approach would be ideal, but in my experience it is questionably feasible at best with all volunteer labor working on a specialized niche device. You sound like you're holding back on some thoughts regarding how best to approach this project, and I would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts with me. Progress will likely not be as fast as many of us would like. One important lesson I learned the first time around is that the physical components present the greatest challenge, and that is what people require proof of to generate real interest.
The end users here want a reliable scientific tool that will last a very long time. That means never cutting corners for the sake of improving margins, and going for the best quality of build that is possible. Long battery life, access to internal features/expansion similar to a development kit, keys that feel solid and provide excellent tactical feedback (go "click" every time and register), a high contrast display, and the ability to expand.
Again, if you have questions I don't think cluttering this forum is the place for it. Until there is something to show off, I want to keep quiet.