Today we are continuing our discussion about the upcoming Makeathon and the
potential for a maker space here on campus.
This Makeathon will be hosted here at the university, wherein teams would be
given a certain amount of time to design and produce a workable application
to meet some criteria of a prompt that would be given to them.
This is Nate. He is an agro-engineering major. He is working on a project that
would use photos taken by a drone to analyze pests, fungus, diseases, etc in
the field using visual identification. The field will look fairly homogenous
and would take a great deal of articulation to point these values out. This
has never been done before. He has some sample data taken by a company that
professional takes said pictures. “No one has ever done this before.” If
interested, please shoot an email to [REDACTED]
These images are in ultraviolet, the light refracted in this spectrum can
help determine infected plants, healthy vs unhealthy. So this isn’t nearly
as overbearing as it seems at firsts.
What is the project trying to do? To come up with a method to determine if a
crop is unhealthy, why, and determine the proper remedy for this problem.
Back to the Makeathon. There was much discussion of whether the Makeathon
should focus on programming/physical space/data collection and analysis as
well as what types of problems to have teams solve. Possible ideas for what to
have for a competition:
Haptic feedback for augmented/virtual reality
Stock analysis/automated trading
Horse equipment sizing adjustments
Sensors for in/egress of buildings/HVAC
IoT sensors to detect level of fullness for trash/recycling bins and
determine the most efficient path to follow when clearing them
Mirror adjustments for optical cavities
Drones with three dimensional cameras and virtual reality controls