[Noisebridge-discuss] I will pay you: Telepresence iPad ROV (Robot)

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Thu Dec 12 04:01:42 UTC 2013

P.S. Like in the instructables video, I'd like to start with the foundation
of a Vex Robots Kit:


That should simplify things greatly, I hope :)

On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 7:53 PM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:

> I am interested in a small telepresence ROV. In the past there have been
> versions of this (like the Sparky or Sparky Jr) that rely on MacMini
> hardware. I want a design that uses an iPad (or other tablet) and the pad
> can be easily docked/undocked from the device.
> Details:
> I have always been inspired by these two instructables:
> http://www.instructables.com/id/Sparky-DIY-Web-Based-Telepresence-Robot/
> http://www.instructables.com/id/Sparky-Jr-DIY-Telepresence-Robot/
> They include great directions on how to create a Sparky (or Sparky Jr)
> using a Mac Mini. And, there are are some fundamentals here that I wish to
> use.
> However, I have new/different specifications:
> * I want to use an iPad (open to other tablets)
> * I want the iPad to be easily removable (where it can just dock into the
> device)
> * The external camera is not needed, since an iPad is used
> * The frame can be smaller since we only need to move the iPad (and the
> batteries) (and simple; I don’t like Jr. frame).
> * The device should be controlled by the iPad connector (possibly
> interchangeable or usable with other connector)
> * The final product will be open hardware
> * The deliverables are as much the plans/kits/instructions as much (if not
> even more) than the final product
> * This is a work-made-to-hire so that you give up any copyrights to the
> work (as is typical work-made-to-hire). All copyrights will be given to the
> community/copylefted. Thus, you can also do whatever you want with the
> design, but you can't keep the community (or me) from also doing what they
> (or I) want to do with it.
> Hiring:
> * I will never get to this. Let me hire someone to work on this for me.
> * All work is a work-made-to-hire (and I will copy left the work as an
> open hardware project)
> * We will use the *lean* start-up approach. That is, using a
> Minimal-Viable-Product (MVP) approach.
> * We will have a fixed budget (example: If budget is $200 and rate is
> $20/hour, then 10 hours of work is expected — and, finished or not, the
> project is over (time boxed) and what is completed is turned over).
> However, budget and hourly rate are negotiable
> * I will consider all email proposals sent to me. If there is one (or more
> than one) proposal that works, we can negotiate the next steps. (I am not
> guaranteed/committed to choose a proposal)
> * A W-9 and contract will need to be signed
> Proposals:
> If you think this would be fun to work on, please send me a proposal that
> addresses these questions:
> * Why do you want to work on this?
> * Why do you think you could do this project well?
> * What is your hourly rate?
> * What is your estimate (roughest estimate is okay) for a minimal viable
> product?
> * When do you have time to work on this (i.e., Tuesday evenings, etc.) and
> when would you be able to meet with me to go over the current progress?
> * Who is David L. Heiserman?
> * Are you willing to sign a W-9 and contract (if you find the terms
> acceptable)?
> Cheers,
> Glen
> --
> We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action
> always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
> -- Frank Tibolt


We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action
always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.

-- Frank Tibolt
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