Project Addison & StitchCAM
Project Addison & StitchCAM
A drone that can help feed the world, reduce drought and environmental pressures, and increase your bottom line, from Bill Robertson.
A drone that can help feed the world, reduce drought and environmental pressures, and increase your bottom line, from Bill Robertson. Read more
The Silicon Valley entrepreneurs surrounding 367 Addison Street could have never envisioned the life we live today thanks to their innovations, but the truth is they changed our world. The three keys to the Silicon Valley model are a focused community, visionaries to populate that community, and a revolution in hardware. We believe the same model can be used to change our future with the StitchCAM drone.
The StitchCAM aircraft has been custom designed for the V2 imaging sensor it carries. The aircraft is small (20” motor to motor), lightweight (3.8 lbs), and powerful (5000mAh Battery). The flexibility and precision that a quadcopter provides cannot be matched by a fixed-wing platform. StitchCAM can pop in and out of areas with trees, fly slow, resist wind gusts, and takeoff and land autonomously within a ~10’ circle. Rear folding arms reduce the storage size greatly and allow the system to be carried on a plane for work in remote areas.
The aircraft’s flight characteristics and planning parameters are fixed by the data collection needs of the V2 imager. Since the imager sets how the aircraft needs to fly, our flight planning app is robust and simple. It’s an adaptation of the open source DroidPlanner project and has been optimized to isolate the functionality you need to get the job done. The app’s simplicity will save you time and money. No training or complicated software required; just take it out of the box, push a few buttons, and you are flying.
The aircraft has been designed with both software and hardware upgrades in mind. We have put the mechanisms in place to drive our future development based on your feedback. New software can be uploaded and sensors can be added. We wanted to make sure that the StitchCAM’s future is not limited by its flight system.
This is what truly separates the StitchCAM from anything else that has existed before (well, that, and that you can buy 10 of our systems for the cost of one of our competitors'). Our patent pending V2 sensor provides ultrahigh resolution color images and near infrared vigor data in a low cost, compact, and rugged package. A combination of hardware and software innovations has unlocked the key to PutDronesToWork.
As the sun beams down on plants, plants absorb some of the sun’s rays for photosynthesis and allow others to reflect off. In the same way that our eyes see healthy plants as green or brown, the V2 imager uses light outside of the visible spectrum to measure plant vigor and stress levels.
For more information head over to the Public Lab for a detailed explanation: http://publiclab.org/wiki/ndvi
The included Google Nexus tablet comes loaded with all of the necessary software to control your StitchCAM, post process your data in the field, and upload your data to the cloud. The current release of the StitchCAM will produce 2D results only. The 3D graphics we have shown have been generated with opensource post-processing tools, which we will share through PutDronesToWork.org. Through the community we will show you how to use these tools and pending user feedback, can ultimately make them native to the StitchCAM app.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Anyone that deals with large areas of land should see value in using the StitchCAM at some point. Currently manned crop inspection flights of Napa vineyards run on average $8 per acre; at this Kickstarter low price, StitchCAM completely pays for itself after only 350 acres of flight coverage. We envision people refining their process by comparing week over week or year over year results. Block your vineyard to make better wines, make your golf greens greener while reducing water usage, develop custom application maps for precision spraying, fertilizing, or harvesting, verify and document work at your construction site, or use for environmental conservation and research.
Development to date has focused on manufacturability of the hardware to reduce the deliver time to you. Once we are funded we will turn on manufacturing while completing the software tasks below in parallel:
- Android File Management and Viewing Interface We have an architecture and a layout for the data management portion of the app, once funded we will finish development and user testing trials for this portion of the app.
- Cloud Services Database Your data will be safely stored in the cloud once we have the StitchCAM app link to our servers.No need for thumb drives or external hard drives. We will make sure your data is ready for you whenever you need it.
- High Volume Manufacturing and Assembly Tooling Printed Circuit Board tooling, bonding and machining fixtures, and durability testing will be completed. We will ensure your StitchCAM is manufactured to aerospace standards and tested for long life.
- Road Trip and Demos StitchCAM representatives will be touring the country for the duration of the Kickstarter campaign.We will be doing demos in the Midwest (based out of our Southwest Iowa test facility) from July 9th to the 16th, in Northern California July 20th to the 22nd, touring New England from July 23rd to the 29th and lastly conducting a road trip through the breadbasket of California until the end of our Kickstarter.
Note: Drones can be dangerous if not used in a proper manner. Common sense and a well thought out safety plan should be used to maintain a safe work environment. Additional safety recommendations will be shipped with your StitchCAM and posted on PutDronesToWork.org. In addition, our terms can be viewed at: www.stitchcam.com (Terms link).
Risks and challenges
Our roots in the aerospace industry have led us to complete an extensive risk analysis and burn down prior to Kickstarter launch, but as we all know, challenges do arise even for the most diligent.
1) Company Finances
To build the momentum for Project Addison, we have lowered our margins to zero for this Kickstarter campaign. That means you have an opportunity to help start something special, but it also means we have to cover any financial gaps encountered as we scale up production. To drive down the risk of this slowing us down, we have a fully priced out bill of materials and investors lined up if we need cash.
2) Delivery Logistics
Sometimes it’s hard to trust the parcel system, but we have done all we can to get your tool to you quickly and safely. Your StitchCAM shipment is insured and will arrive in a reusable, military spec box with custom, protective foam.
3) Drone Regulations and Bureaucracy
We look forward to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations governing drones. We have tailored the StitchCAM to meet the strictest of size, weight, and line-of-site control standards in anticipation of their next move. As of now, the National Transportation Safety Board court has ruled that the FAA’s current regulations are inadequate. We are not lawyers; please research this topic for yourself. Here are some links to get started:
Ultimately we hope good old American ingenuity will prevail over big business and bureaucracy.
- (35 days)