There are so many names around the OpenCat project so it may be confusing to you.
OpenCat is the project I've been working on since 2016 summer. I've pictured its future as a platform and community rather than a specific product.
Petoi (LLC) is a company I founded in 2017 summer to better organize and fund the project. I was hoping to bring some capital for R&D, but so far no success.
Nybble is the first commercially available product based on the OpenCat framework. I simplified the design to lower the barrier on both manufacturing and cost. I've been feeding the cats with my part-time job, until I got funded with the recent Indiegogo campaign. Thank you all for making it happen!
Petoi Camp is a more friendly name for the OpenCat forum, as well as the name for our future community once it's productive enough to encourage and educate young makers. I'm also using @PetoiCamp as my social media accounts.
NyBoard is the motion controller not only for Nybble, but also for my other and future models. In this way, I can keep pushing the project forward with very limited funds.
As to the "open" in OpenCat, I understand there are different interpretation and even complaints when I had nothing to share back in early 2018. At this stage, it's open on the software side. Since I've been working alone and not paying another software developer, I feel it's ok to keep it free, and welcome more developers to join me.
However the R&D for hardware is quite expensive. With my apparent passion on the full black cat, I had to pause it due to financial difficulties. Imagine what a good maker could make if he doesn't need to worry about his dinner, and why he would put away his favorite toys to be trapped by company operations.
I'm taking the journey as an opportunity to understand the "real" world. It's a smaller world compared to the physical universe I've been studying. It's the society filled with people's various interests and conflicts, and technology is just a tiny piece of the puzzle.
I hope the reason behind those names also explains my understanding and planning on this little robot!
Thanks for being so transparent and sharing so much of the process. I've done similar things and it's not nearly as easy as it seems at first glance. Keep up the good work.
I like the sentence " I'm taking the journey as an opportunity to understand the "real" world. It's a smaller world compared to the physical universe I've been studying. It's the society filled with people's various interests and conflicts, and technology is just a tiny piece of the puzzle. "
Yes, very clear explanation, thank you!
Really helpful, thank you.