The LED functionality and access to the Barometer will come with CAN the team are actively working on that now.
You can get involved just like any part of the Ardupilot team. Calls on Monday afternoons US time, or by asking questions here, or on the Facebook groups. But primarily via your reseller.
The reason that the hardware is so cheap, is that we don’t have to pay for a massive team of technical writers etc. though recently we have just hired and started paying 4 full time Ardupilot developers! That’s over 300K USD that’s going towards mostly Ardupilot development. Other companies have pitched in and have paid for people to do a lot of editing of the wiki, and others have sponsored other developers.
Personally, I’m taking a part time wage now, which is awesome! I can now focus on engineering more to get great stuff out the door.
But we simply don’t charge enough to hire the sort of team you are asking for. My priorities are on getting the firmware right.
I’m truly sorry if that doesn’t suite you. But I can assure you that the CAN future we have been talking about is now real, and that’s why we have put all of our profits and further borrowings into the software team to make this happen.
We are not VC funded at all! So we don’t have cash to splash.
1… programming the LEDs… coming when ProfiLED is integrated into master. It’s currently public on bugoblitorator’s github account for the LEDs strips, and the CAN LEDs will be added soon.
2… due to a total lack of anything positive coming from supposed open hardware other than people trying to put us out of the game with our own work… it’s not likely that we will release schematics for new development. However, none of the chips are hidden… the processor is an stm32f302, the IMU is the ICM20948, the Barometer is the MS5611… the LEDs are ProfiLED, and as mentioned before, how to use the LEDs is all in Bugoblitorator’s new branch
3… all Here2 and Here+V2 have the same sensor set now. Only the ICM20948. The old here+ had the mag that is in the icm20948 onboard, and testing showed it to be the best. It was included on the old here plus so we could prove it in the field.
Your second set of questions…
External Barometer is already in Ardupilot
I don’t understand the question… what are you porting it too? It’s alread in Ardupilot
Who are you getting your hardware through? They can help you with all your questions… that is why we sell via resellers, and do not do direct sales.
We are working towards a dedicated wiki and support forum for our hardware as well. But I hope this all helps in the meantime.
@jschall @bugobliterator may help if you have specific questions.