Time to move on?
I have just been reading my "Celebrating 100 Years of Robots!" newsletters in the hope (expectation?) that it might somewhere include the "D" word. I was disappointed. Has the time come to put this project out of its misery so that everybody (including Bill) can move on?
Sorry to disappoint you.
I won't be announcing anything about the "D" project until it is finished. I made the huge mistake of showing it while it was still under construction and have regretted it ever since. So I'm keeping it under wraps until I have it completed.
"Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window." — Steve Wozniak
<gasp>I didn't know and I am sorry you feel that way. One of the aspects I was enjoying was the minor changes and discoveries and redesigns you were making from time to time. And if you had only planned to show us the finished (robot centenary!) machine, would you really have been able to show us the process of progress?</gasp>
OK. Lots of questions spring to mind, but as I appreciate your desire to keep things under wraps I won't ask them. However, I think it would be helpful to all the people who have invested in this project to know what you mean by "completed"? Are you talking just about the navigation layer?
I'm sorry to hear you have regrets regarding the project/video series Bill.
I was really enjoying watching and learning the process of design and build, so much so that I have started on a design myself! (as much as I can with my limited abilities!)
Hopefully I can continue with the help of your most excellent informative channel.
best regards from the UK.
Bill, for what it's worth, I enjoyed the 'show as you go' approach for DB1. We learned from your successes and from your rework. It was interesting reading the feedback on the design stages and the recommendations from the forum. I truly hope it doesn't take too much longer to get it "completed."
Oh everyone should know building a project like this takes time and to boot pardon the pun once it's done it's done .also when you go from an empty space to a robot built from scratch it takes a bit with a hundred changes along the way after all these robots arent built from a kit with a set design that's the fun of it lets call it an inspirational project I wouldn't have thought of duce robot without it.its meant to give people inspiration to build their own robot based on it .it's moving along just fine .so don't be afraid to branch out and make your own version of it .😁👍
Bill ,thanks for the update Good to know that the project is not dead - Did manage to construct during the winter ( COVID 19 - had time - fields, vineyards dormant ) the platform and with input from drone bot form members ( who walked me thru the boards, hardware and layout ) ) did partially build the power, shield, i/o and MC boards . For a senior like me ( did not throw my slide rule away ) not sure I still have the creative talent to advance on my own I have a fair amount of time and funds invested and know modifications and re building by you may be forthcoming so I may just place a hold on it for now Looking forward to your finished DB1.1 Hope it can be completed soon -Got field work once the snow clears and this may have to drop down in priorities at that time
The students I mentor and the academy where I do act as a robot project consultant - for them also " What a great learning tool "
Keep plugging away at it -Good Luck with it
I understand completely as a long time programmer. Never show a prototype as management will think you are almost done! 🙂
I think it is a wise choice to wait until you are done.
Besides that gives me a lot of time to play catch up and learn more of the basics.
Best wishes to you and yours.