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Interactive List of Agricultural Robotics Projects

This post is just announce my new list of Agricultural Robotics Groups and Projects.

It’s still a work in progress but you can view it here.

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Changes to our Websites

So we’re making some changes here …

The websites are being updated to a new format and some parts are being moved around.

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Other Things - ML Conference Attendance

If you have noticed various Machine Learning terms being bandied about more often lately, this graph may tell part of the story.

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Nut Measurement - 2021 Season Planning

For 2021 the plan is to move to an earlier sampling regime in January and also some trials testing the methodology in December.

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Nut Measurement - 2020 Season

The NIS Sorter/Scanner needed to be modified to do the measurements. For the 2020 season there wasn’t a lot of time to get this done but a new device better suited to the task was ready in early January, the first test samples were collected in mid-January and the main sampling was performed in the month of February and first week of March.

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SMD Pick & Place Alternative

As much as I would like one, I can’t afford a pick & place machine. So in its place I make these little 3D printed jigs that help with hand-placing small SMD components on PCBs.

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Toaster Oven Reflow Recipe

A standard toaster oven does a great job of reflow soldering. This recipe uses an unmodified oven and is a mixture of times & temperatures that I have found works very reliably.

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Orchard Autonomy Pack - 2019 Mapping

Mapping and estimating location within maps is a critical prerequisite for autonomous navigation.

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NIS Sorter - Initial Accuracy Testing

I have started calibrating and characterising the machine recently. The following table lists the traits I am aiming for and their current status.

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NIS Sorter - System is Up!

So here is a video of the beast working, filmed in glorious shakey-cam.

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