AutoBoom Sprayer

An agricultural sprayer capable of automatically turning on and off based off of area already applicated and field boundaries.

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The agricultural sector has a significant gap in technological understanding and pricing. Sprayers capable of tracking their application and turning off sections of the applicator boom based off of overlap or travel outside boundary are prevalent but costly, and the tech used is actually outdated in many ways. Many systems cost upwards of $15,000 and are not much more than a couple electric valves, a gps, and a computer running WinXP. The problem is that all the software used is proprietary and none of the competing manufacturers agree on a standard for connectors, etc.

These systems often reduce chemicals used and cost by upwards of 10%.

The goal is to create a system that can plug in to existing autoboom equipment with commonly available hardware, specifically through USB. An "adapter" will be made to allow the existing equipment to plug into any USB capable computer, and software will be developed in the most open and widely usable format possible.

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Albert Latham wrote 02/02/2015 at 17:25 point

I'm definitely interested in seeing where this goes. I'm currently a research assistant for a precision agriculture project at my university and I think the potentional in the field (pardon) is-at this point-boundless.

  Are you sure? yes | no wrote 02/03/2015 at 05:04 point

Well thanks, I am a bit behind in my postings, but I actually have most of the hardware sorted at this point with a working prototype that can be switched manually with any generic computer with a usb. Currently I am overwhelmed in the software side. You don't happen to be a whiz at gps or software development or know someone looking for a partner in a side project do you?

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Albert Latham wrote 02/03/2015 at 14:45 point

I can speak to some of the software students I work with to see if there is any interest. I'll get back to you in a few days if I find anyone who is interested.

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jlbrian7 wrote 02/02/2015 at 17:21 point

If you are interested in help on this project I would be willing to contribute.

  Are you sure? yes | no wrote 02/03/2015 at 05:08 point

Howdy, I am currently at the software stage. I have a working prototype with most of the hardware sorted and can operate the sprayer manually from any computer with a usb. I am desperately in need of assistance on the software side getting the gps and mapping figured out.

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jlbrian7 wrote 02/03/2015 at 05:10 point

can you put a copy on github, and list the hardware you are using

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jlbrian7 wrote 02/03/2015 at 14:37 point

QGIS is where I would start. I have only uploaded data too it from a gps, and never used it for real time tracking, but it should work. ( ). When you are at home you can get a map of the area where you are working with the OpenLayers Plugin and then use your gps in the field over the map layer. I have had success with this uploading gps coordinates over a map layer.

If everything works then it would be possible to write your own plugin that makes the setup and run process easier.

Additionally, you may be able to use the Google Maps Engine Connector plugin and the Google Map Engine to create custom maps for historical records, custom maps and whatever else. Maybe useful, maybe not.

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