I had a dream last night about 3D Robotics and Agriculture. The year was 2020!

Please watch my video where I describe the dream and how the 3DR drones were being used for agricultural applications.  Also I'd love to know if you think that the dream that I had is actually a feasible goal for 3D Robotics and the Unmanned Agricultural Vehicles Market.  I personally think its a reachable/attainable goal for 3DR, Market, and the FAA!  

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Take it easy Diy Drones,

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Comment by Sam Kelly on November 3, 2013 at 1:05am

I was thinking about the ending to Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic, where, after Red's toughest journey into the Zone, the death of Arthur as a sacrifice to the meatgrinder, his thoughts about Guta and Monkey, his anger at the Zone, the Institute and the town, he is at a loss for words when he stands before the golden sphere. I assume the line about letting no one go away unsatisfied is only thought and not spoken out loud, so the ending is really left for the reader to interpret, but in addition, it makes you think about how the sphere could already be influencing him and the town in general, since it is known that Red is not the first stalker to reach the sphere (Arthur's father gave him the map to reach it, he had been there before). Any previous wishes made to the sphere could have already been granted, or be in the process of being granted, and that could be what explains all the paranormal occurrences in the town (like the mulages that roam the town even though their bodies have not been in contact with the Zone, in fact they died before the visitation). It's a good book.

Comment by Joshua Ott on November 3, 2013 at 1:09am

Rovers kick ass, I think they have a big future.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 3, 2013 at 1:16am

Why has nobody started a distance competiton for rovers? I have not played with one yet but am getting ever tempted. There is a vineyard rover in France...

@Sam I am going to show my age, but I am not a number....

Comment by Joshua Johnson on November 3, 2013 at 1:18am

@Joshua, For sure!!! When I get bored in my Autodesk Inventor class I go onto solidworks and work on rover designs.  I like 6 and 8 wheeled rovers would be amazing with robotic arm attachments, interchangeable hand pieces for the arm, etc.

Comment by Joshua Johnson on November 3, 2013 at 1:21am

@Gary, a distance competition would be amazing!!  I own a few rovers.  I own one made by Brookstone that is really awesome with built in stealth night vision, android and apple apps 2 Way audio and tons more.  If you want to design one I would recommend using free CAD software from Solidworks.  I know a few online retailers that offer some great rover frames minus the electronics if your interested. 

Comment by Joshua Johnson on November 3, 2013 at 1:22am

@Sam Kelly,  The book is named Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic?  I'll look into purchasing it and reading it.  I always enjoy an enlightening book! :)  

Comment by Jack Crossfire on November 3, 2013 at 4:13am

Last year, they were focusing on the following camera concept.  Business plans are known to change. 

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on November 3, 2013 at 5:45am


There was a distance challenge for rovers, it is called the DARPA Grand Challenge and it was 150 miles long in the California Desert. Only corporations and universities entered.

However, I would like to see an autonomous rover distance challenge that would run over a hilly, packed dirt course of from 1 to 2 miles. My Traxxas E-Maxx Crusher has been specifically designed for that kind of course.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 3, 2013 at 5:53am

What about on tarred roads, could a hobby rover make 100 miles? (In bits obviously) they have such an advantage over aircraft as I assume they can carry weight. What would be a good frame to start with? I have been resisting traditional helicopters but don't think I can resist rovers. 

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on November 3, 2013 at 6:22am


An electric rover that could go 100 miles on asphalt roads is do able, but it would be very big (and expensive) in relation to the electric rovers, like my 1/10 scale Slash, that participate in the Sparkfun AVC.

A nitro or gas powered rover would be more feasible and somewhat smaller than an electric rover with the same range capability. The number of batteries (weight/size) necessary to go the longer distance is what makes the electric rovers bigger in relation to the gas/nitro versions.

I would like to see 3DR conduct a mini DARPA Grand Challenge in California that would go over both dirt and asphalt courses and employ courses of varying lengths so that competitors could build rovers to suit the course length they would compete over.


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