I am a 31 year old entrepreneur and engineer, and for the last five years I have been working on an autonomous system originally intended for underwater commercial implementation.
In this process I have covered some ground, ranging from turtlebot and rplidar to my current setup - a DJI m600 Pro equipped with a tiltable VLP16 sensor mounted upside down on a Dynamixel MX64, a slamdunk, lidarlite v3 through arduino/rosserial and Astra RGB-D camera mounted downwards. Earlier setups worth mentioning include DJI M100 with Hokuyo LX30 2D scanner, Upboard and Guidance (optical flow replacing GPS) - and of course my early tests using MAVROS and BlueRov2. All tests after 2018 have been completely autonomous - only switching on power at site (no pregenerated maps, ssh-logins or other preparations).
Software is my own amateur mix of octomap/EDTO, move_base,OpenCV and even some Tensorflow just for show. Different SLAM approaches have been incorporated, i.e Gmapping, LOAM, rtabmap etc - but don’t let it fool ya’. I really don’t know what I’m doing, and I need help.
Last week I finally made my own personal goals come true, and I can finally stop stroking my own ego and get on with my ambitions. My initial plan was to use my prototype to create some awareness, then letting the following (lack off) investor interest decide next course of action. I keep telling myself that I will fold and find a job if this fails, but I don’t know if I really have a choice on the matter.
After some deliberation, I have decided to go another way. I want to make this an at least partially open source project, but I don’t know how. I really don’t have a clue. I guess what I’m asking is if someone could have chat with me on Skype or Zoom or whatever’s hot now about how this could be done.
And btw, please disregard any earlier posts. That guy’s a ghost