It snowed almost a foot yesterday and cold days forecast so its looking like gonna have some free time for a while.
Bob, that is very true, and that is an amazing project! going forward i will really keep that in mind. I like the concept it can be done on any operating system. Torriem would love to see it in linux and i totally agree, but i would need to do a complete rewrite of the software in another language - and learn that language. But maybe, this will inspire someone who does know the language and go for it. Qt is the winner there.
One extremely horrible thing about ag, and i've whined incessantly about it, is the complete lack of any, and i mean zero, nothing, examples of other code, techniques, or discussions how about how many of the major techniques of precision ag are accomplished. Do they use lat/longitude or do they use UTM coordinates? No idea. How is data stored? no idea, all are proprietary binary files. How do they accomplish section control? Not a word in any book or exhaustive search on the internet. Canbus and isobus? You can't even talk about or you get sued if you put anything on the internet, and it cost 30,000$ to buy the "standard" first. Every topic it seems is that way.
Navigation and mapping like OpenCPN has tons of code, examples, projects etc and while in no way easy there are many entire sites like combine forum and bigger dedicated to that one topic. Building a drone from scratch? No problem, download all the code for an arduino, order the list of parts, hook it up. Install the ware on your smartphone and voila, a 400$ full functional drone that retails for 4000$. It obviously comes down to the number of people involved, the more there is the more residual hackers in that crowd.
But in ag, its slowly starting. Matt and Torriem are working on exciting development for bin temp and humidity stuff. Exciting! Do i want to recode and figure all that out? No way, but you can have my code, and i can have your code and others can build upon it too.
Anyway, gotta get this packaged up so others can find bugs in the machine and look over the project and throw out ideas. Thanks for listening to my rants!
BTW, just got in the mail from a new Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that is a 9 axis gyroscope/accelerometer/magnetometer from Bosch. Adafruit has put it on a board along with an Arm Cortex processor in the chip it can do all the fusion to spit out roll pitch and yaw. Its 45$ and online is all the arduino code, windows code, and full writeup of tutorials. One huge step closer to autosteer. It's this: