Our CTO (Luke Cole) previously worked for Hemisphere GPS (orginally called BEELINE, and now bought out by AgJunction) as a "Robotics Engineer" implementing auto-guidance solutions for various quadbikes and agriculture tractors that was used by 100's of vehicles around the world.
For 10 years, starting as a teenager in 1998 - Luke Cole has also worked for leading research institutes and companies such as NICTA (now called CSIRO Data61), CSIRO, Seeing Machines and ANU Robotics System Lab (lead by Alex Zelinsky, who received a rare prestigious AO award in 2017 and was Defence Scientist of Australia from 2012 for 6 years). Luke's work included various autonomous mobile robot projects, involving computer vision, and even a self-driving car early 2000's. Back then OpenCV and ROS didn't exist, so we did a "roll-your-own" called VisLib and DROS comprised of 364,578 lines of code.
Lance Cole has also worked at NICTA and has a background of various hardware development, such as working for a contract company to the US millary (EOS), building the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
A small town with a population of about 500, Harrisville lies just a few kilometres off the highway linking Boonah and Ipswich in south-east Queensland.
The town takes its name from a pioneer farmer and life is not much different today to when the first settlers began tilling the land in the late 1800s.
The locals are still planting and harvesting crops such as potatoes, raising a few head of cattle, and milking dairy herds.
The big change, of course, has come with sealed and multi-laned roads which have made it so much easier to travel to Ipswich and Brisbane and south-west to the towns of the scenic rim, such as Boonah and Warwick and the rainforest parks of the border ranges.
Along with so many Queensland towns, Harrisville has boasted a Royal Hotel since the early days of settlement. The first Royal burnt down in 1920 when the existing hotel was built. The 'new' Royal's veranda looks directly along the Harrisville main street and is a popular watering hole and meeting place for the locals.