Analysis Through Repetitive Mission Planning

We tend to put our fate in the hands of machines quite often. The more complex the machine, the greater the potential for failure at some point.  Roller coasters are a good example of this.  Not only do we place our lives int he hands of a machine that can easily help us to shuffle…

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Indoor vs. Outdoor Bots

We live in a really remarkable age for robotics. If you want a robot to bring you tools, then there are multiple bots to do that.  If you want something delivered to your house, then there are multiple bots that can do that as well.  But what happens when you want something to go inside-outside-inside-outside?…

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Obsession Can Be A Good Thing

We have all seen movies like Fatal Attraction where someone becomes so obsessed that reason and judgement go right out the window.  So if I say, “Obsession can be a good thing” it doesn’t mean all obsession but some obsession is required for those of us committed to a cause. When I was seven years…

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New Robotic Chicken Coop Not Entirely For the Birds

In our world of technology, we get our inspiration from a variety of outlets; and most would think that our resource would be ignited through tech blogs and pubs.  Not so this morning. While enjoying my java overlooking Flathead Lake (a short scenic drive from our RoboGnoisis headquarters) I was reading a great publication, FARM…

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Think Big Fest 2017 Coming Up!

  Where will we be the first weekend of next month? Glad you asked!  We will be at the Think Big Fest in Coeur D’Alene Idaho. Why you ask? Because it’s an incredible collection of the greatest minds in robotics and AI today coming together to lecture, talk, discuss, brainstorm and … um … have…

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Haven’t People in Ag Suffered Enough?

There’s an old farmer’s joke that goes like this: Unfortunately that is all too true in today’s world.  We talk with farmers on a weekly basis and it is a growing fear that margins will continue to shrink. The government has tried through the MPP but the government … well, you know. Two years ago…

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Using Robots to Keep Bambi Safe

Recently we were tasked to research a project that we have been asked about many times before, “What happens if there is a fawn in the field?  Does the tractor run over it?” This is a messy thing and can be fairly traumatizing for everyone involved. The simple answer to that is, “What do you…

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Failure is NOT an Option no Matter How Hot the Situation!

Have you ever had a bad day?  I’m sure you have.  I’m sure you’ve even had a “no sleep the night before in a cattle stall at 6 am trying to debug a navigational issue while in a haze of no sleep and everyone around you is wondering why something so simple is taking so…

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Automation vs. Autonomy and The $6 Million Man

If you were alive in the 1970’s then you most definitely remember the Six Million Dollar Man with his bionic eye, arm, legs and you can probably still recite the intro to the show … “We can rebuild him.  We have the technology.  We can make him better than he was, better…stronger…faster.” In the 70’s…

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Tech Savvy Grads Finding Their Roots In Agriculture

No matter what medium you choose to get your news, the prose is overflowing with insightful data that documents the resurgence of the farming industry – within the Millennials in particular.  And within every story you read, the trend is threaded with testimonials as to why they have chosen to go back to their roots…

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