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Tom McKinnon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Will Google's low-cost ADSB integrate delivery drones into manned airspace?
"UAVs already have all the information required by ADS-B at the ground control station.  So there is absolutely no need for an expensive and heavy bit of electronics to be added to the aircraft.  A simple, low-cost cellular data modem could…"
Jul 9
Tom McKinnon commented on Christiaan van Vollenstee's blog post Hobbyking 500mw telemetry 433/915
"@Jonathan.  Can you recommend your favorite 915MHz antennas?"
Mar 23
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agriculture drones on National Public Radio, February 16, 2015
"@mP1.  Yes, it is a bit jingoistic the name us yanks gave to the radio network.  But just to make it up to you, we did appear on ABC Radio Australia yesterday.  Here's a link to the story."
Feb 25
mP1 commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agriculture drones on National Public Radio, February 16, 2015
"National ? Not my national radio."
Feb 25
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Agriculture drones on National Public Radio, February 16, 2015

Luke Runyon of Harvest Public Media came to Agribotix last week to do a story on the use of drones in agriculture and the FAA issues involved.  We took him out to our favorite local farm and had a grand time flying quads.  Fortunately the story was picked up by National Public Radio so it had a US-wide distribution (…See More
Feb 17
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"@Neal.  Thanks for your insights on thermal imaging.  It's something we've been testing out on a low level using the cheap FLIR Lepton but maybe we should move that project to the sideline.  Most of what we know about…"
Jan 20
Neal Pilger commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"Sorry, Tom - thermal imaging for predicting transpiration rate requires constant monitoring and is really uncertain. As incident solar radiation normals are also not really normal (due to variations in humidity, and or cloud cover), one would have…"
Jan 20
Neal Pilger commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"As I always tell my first year remote sensing students, if you get lost snowboarding in the mountains and you hear a helicopter, pull off all you brightly coloured gore-tex and scatter it on the ground while jumping around (nearly) naked, otherwise…"
Jan 20
Tom McKinnon left a comment for Gerard Toonstra
"Gerald,  We haven't processed imagery from very much sugar cane so we'd be very interested in helping you out with your project. Best, Tom McKinnon"
Jan 20
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"@Dan.  Thanks for the kind words and best wishes with your (ad)venture.  Yes, we should explore collaborations and compare notes on our FLIR experiences.   Reach me at tom (at) agribotix.com."
Jan 20
Dan Murray commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"Hi Tom, This is really great. I am actually right in the middle of building something similar, and it sounds like our minds are in exactly the same place. I have to say, I am really impressed with the work you guys have done, as well as your…"
Jan 20
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"@James.  You hit the nail on the head.  We use Agisoft Photoscan Pro and QGIS, as well as some custom software to process our images.  Our full price list for image processing is on our web site.  We currently have an…"
Jan 20
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"@Gerald.  We agree that thermal imaging may provide some good insights for agriculture.  In our case we are interested in using leaf temperature as a direct measure of the transpiration rate.  Certainly the use as an irrigation…"
Jan 20
James Dunthorne commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"I am guessing you just use agisoft/ pix4d to stitch photos, and then process it in arcGIS/ QGIS(OS) to produce shapefiles? I was playing around with this last year and managed to get my data into Trimble, John Deere and Farmade software fairly…"
Jan 20
Gerard Toonstra commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"Tom, have you experimented with some very low cost sensors to measure ground temperature?  From what I gathered from irrigation experts, they say that this measure together with NDVI is a great indication of how much irrigation is required.…"
Jan 20
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service
"Neal,  Thanks for your comment.  You are correct -- in the raster images the pivot tower tracks are clearly visible.  The image we put in the blog post was a vector shapefile generated from the raster image.  This is the file…"
Jan 19

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Founder, Agribotix LLC
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Agriculture, Wildlife conservation.
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Boulder

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Agriculture drones on National Public Radio, February 16, 2015

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 11:00am 2 Comments

Luke Runyon of Harvest Public Media came to Agribotix last week to do a story on the use of drones in agriculture and the FAA issues involved.  We took him out to our favorite local farm and had a grand time flying quads.  Fortunately the story was picked up by National Public Radio so it had a US-wide…

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Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 12:37pm 11 Comments

Last summer, with the help of the DIY Drones community, Agribotix set out to discover how drones could be used to help growers make better decisions. Some of you followed the journey…

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Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:00am 10 Comments

The Agribotix team is in New Zealand, flying our UAVs over Tasman Glacier to help researchers at Victoria University of Wellington make a digital elevation model of the glacier. Today, we flew the twin boom Sky Hunter over 100km in transects across the glacier. We've mounted a downward facing camera in the fuselage, which takes photos every 3 seconds. Using these photos, and…

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