Before I start I'd just like to say that I'm not an idiot, so please keep reading!
I'm a mechanical engineer by training, and now run a small business (making lemonade of all things). I *adore* how Arduino/Pi and the like are democratising 'industrial' controls for the masses. I have an arduino, I have a pi. I also have a small business, a wife and two (very small) children and I simply can't teach myself what I need to know - goodness knows I've tried. I get to the end of a tutorial project and my fatigued brain simply doesn't remember what I did at the beginning, or why
So, in my industry everything is VERY expensive. My goal is to create a system, then open-source it to the masses eventually. But I'm stuck with my dunce brain, a rather good idea and no way of getting it out there. Make something for a £200 that could be scaleable, could be automated etc., and get people in to what I'm doing that are forced out of it by the costs. I think home-brewers would really
love it too!
I'm at the point of trying to find someone who can write code for Arduino, help me spec the components (although I think I have them all) and basically assist me in getting somewhere. The list of components is actually very small - a potentiometer, a sensor and a pump. I've worked out all the variables that need to be set up for the code (I'm sure I've got them wrong of course - a little knowledge is a dangerous thing!), I know the points I need to set up error codes, and the feedback I need to put in to the system. But I'm dumb on the coding front.
Is there anyone out there in this crazy land who would be able to tell me where to go for help? I've looked at things like Freelancer.com /PPH, heck even Fiverr! Bluntly I can't find the person I'm looking for, or the ones that are there are asking for £300 with no guarantee that they'll even get close to delivering what I'm asking for. I don't mind paying a bit to get the job done, but I'm not a money pit, especially when eventually I aim on giving away a large proportion of it all for free!
I'm in the UK (I'm sure the clever ones who noticed the currency already guessed that), and would love somebody who's UK based, but at this point I'll take what I can get...
Yours most humbly (i.e. please don't flame me if I posted this in the wrong section!)