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).
New Farm is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia, located 2km east from the Brisbane CBD on a peninsula on the Brisbane River. Newfarm is surrounded by the Brisbane River, with the only land access from the north west through Fortitude Valley.
At the south-eastern end of the peninsula is the historic New Farm Park. The suburb derives its name from the fact that the peninsula was used as a farming area in the early years of Brisbane's History.
Brunswick Street is the main street running northwest-southeast up the centre of the peninsula.
The suburb has one main commercial area close to New Farm Park, called 'Merthyr Village'. A wide variety of businesses also successfully operate along Brunswick Street and in adjacent streets heading back to Fortitude Valley.
The former electric tramway power station, located at the eastern end of New Farm Park, has been converted into a community arts and performance space called 'The Powerhouse'.