As we prepare to release the hardware design for OpenROV 2.0, a question about what measurement system to use -imperial or metric- has come up. Because most parts in the United States (where presumably most of these will be initially built and used) are specified with imperial units, it's been easiest to design everything with the imperial system. Because we want OpenROV to be embraced internationally and by the scientific community, and because we think the metric system is generally a better way of doing things, however, it seems that releasing the design of OpenROV 2.0 with metric units may be a worth while choice.
We hope that OpenROV (the community) will end up playing a roll in the Open Hardware movement, so setting the right trends from the get-go is important.
I'd like to realease our design with metric units, but I wanted to see if anyone had points to make about the choice before doing so.
What do you guys think?
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