Startup with robotic cart that follows you - could this help in a horse barn?

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  1. candersen10

    candersen10 Registered

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    Hello,

    We are a robotics startup, and we've built a robotic cart that follows you like a dog, and can cart off material (hay, manure, produce, feed, etc.).

    We were curious if anyone here might be willing to share any feedback?

    Here is a video of an early prototype where we use it to move firewood):

    Could something like this be helpful for any major tasks in a horse barn?

    Thanks so much!
     
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    Whoa Senior Member

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    Heck yes! I'd use one!
     
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    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    Why is it not on 4 wheels?
     
  4. candersen10

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    It's our first prototype basically. We'll have a 4WD version for sure for people who need one.[​IMG]
     
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    EventerNic6187 Senior Member

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    After thinking "AWWWW, ITS SO CUTE!", my first thought was that yes, it would be amazing for people like myself who have bad backs and have trouble lifting and moving heavy stuff. I haven't worked at a barn in a long time but could definitely see a use for something like that for giving hay out in the field or bringing grain bags from your car to the feed room.
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    Depends. You may have a very small market for it. There's already a cart that moves on it's on, you just steer it and it's pricey

    Yours? Nup. You hit a lump, that thing will turn over, get stuck in ruts. We don't have smooth surfaces everywhere to roll that thing over.

    Now, create a robot that can muck stalls, push a wheelbarrow out to the manure pile, dump that, load hay, load shavings, sweep aisles, then you've got something~!!
     
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    That would be nice for showing... Saddle in each arm, grooming stuff, boots, bridle bag, hay in the cart following behind.

    How does it handle uneven surfaces like a field (moving fencing supplies)? Video shows the part in the woods, but that's still relatively flat. What about deeper footing like sand, snow or mud?
     
  8. candersen10

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    What we have is our second prototype, and not a ready for market design. We'll add 4WD soon. These robots are deceivingly stable because they have all of their batteries down very low in the chassis which act as great ballast.

    Re: something that can muck stalls, that's a bit far out relative to where the technology is; we've thought that if we can get machines out there we can expand their capabilities with add on kits/software over time however.

    Dumping manure, dumping hay/shavings, and sweeping aisles would be very doable however.

    Does that change your thinking at all?
     
  9. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    You're going to need to more carefully define your market in the equestrian world...while the idea has appeal in a general way, the likely cost for this kind of thing isn't going to be palatable to all but the folks on the more affluent end of the equestrian spectrum. This may be more useful and appealing in more industrial settings. IMHO.
     
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  10. candersen10

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    Jim, thanks for the points, you may be right. Cost is an issue for us - a 4WD unit that can follow you while carrying around 450-500lbs (which it does completely autonomously - no one carries anything for it to follow them) early on will be something like $10K, so about the cost of a cheaper John Deere Gator or Kubota RTV. Over time we can bring that cost down.

    Relative to a Gator:
    Burro Robot Pros:
    (1) Fits through a man gate whereas a gator won't
    (2) No stepping on/off for tasks like putting up fencing etc.
    (3) Carries about the same weight in it's cargo bed (a base gator is rated to about 500 pounds)
    (4) Follows you autonomously leaving your hands free
    (5) Electric drive (although there is an E-drive gator)
    (6) Can be set up to run routes autonomously, functioning as a virtual conveyor belt

    Burro Robot Cons:
    (1) Not a ride on/drive on machine like a gator
    (2) Smaller
    (3) Not an internal combustion engine so has batteries etc.
    (4) Others?
     
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