First - just want to make sure everyone is part of the conversation that I talked to - @mariafrangos @rbowman @thomas.maillart @andrew.david.thaler @dbild @tarabrown @gretchen ... I'm not sure if I got everyone, sorry, please pass this along to others I'm missing!
Yes, I think there have been many good ideas! First, just want to lay out the goal of the collaboration (besides fun) -->
1) Can we collaborate effectively among many people on an OSH project? What are the best ways/tools to collaborate? What's the best means to organize the collaboration?
2) Can we make something that shows that GOSH and a collaborative development can produce a influential, impactful piece of hardware?
I think next steps is to decide what we work on. There are some which have floated to the top. Perhaps everyone who wants to champion one specific piece of hardware can just reply with the reasons and reasoning, and we can try to come to consensus. Or if there are a few items that people are passionate about, we could have 2 groups.
I'll start - Personally, I think the single pixel camera is possible, could be low cost and transformative for many people already in GOSH. The following is mostly a rephrasing of what Richard taught me yesterday plus some (maybe) clever ideas to lower the cost A single pixel camera allows you to use a single detector, which could be a (short enough wave) radio antenna, an infra-red (heat) image, or the full spectrum using a spectrometer (350 - 1000nm with 10nm resolution). Building a camera with many pixels to do this would be prohibitively expensive. I'm particularly excited by the hyperspectral imaging, which are commercially very expensive ($1000s - $10,000s of dollars).
It could potentially detect pollution from images or video, could be used to identify food quality, in agriculture to find areas of low nutrients or water, to provide hyperspectral imaging on an openROV, and in general purpose lab applications.
Also, should we start on github or gitlabs? I'm never used gitlabs but it's fully open source. We could make GOSH as an organizations and all join it.