Hope you are enjoying yourselves this summer. It’s been a heck of a good start to ours here at HQ in Berkeley. I want to take a second to tell you guys about our new “Experimental Store.”
Back when OpenROV first started, a conversation that kept creeping into our lunch breaks and late night electronics jam sessions was the idea that people’s curiosity shouldn’t be limited to the tools that are available. Everything we wanted to do, both as a company and as individuals, required us to let go of the sentiment that we would have to use existing tech. What really caused us to be able to conquer this was that we ran into amazingly creative and innovative people who showed us the potential of a properly motivated and organized open-source community…that’s right…you guys/gals!
Speaking to this, we started a few months back by creating the “community hacks” page for the Dozuki that allows users to create how-to guides. There’s been a few good publications and that got me thinking about taking things further. So…we just launched an “Experimental” tab to our webstore. This is a place for us to put up early prototypes, proposed features, and community-driven projects. The purpose is two-fold: (1) to give our community early access to upcoming OpenROV features for field testing and feedback and (2) to give everyone an easier outlet for some of the projects that live here on the forums or pages beyond.
For the time-being we are going to tiptoe into this, keeping things small and slowly releasing new early prototypes and proposed features rather than commercializing any community projects or large-scale productions. Simply put, we’re put some stuff up there from time-to-time we find interesting and/or we would love to get into your hands.
Hopefully you guys are as excited about neutrally buoyant tether as Eric Stackpole is…because he’s really excited about it. If you are too, check it out!