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Using Palmtops and Pen Windows on the Farm. Dr. Michael Stachiw. The evolution of the computer on the farm. The best place to start, is with:. At first, the portable computer was used in the field. Portable/Laptop Computer. Problems:. Heavy Awkward to use Not “rugged” enough!.

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Using PalmtopsandPen Windows on the Farm

Dr. Michael Stachiw


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The evolution of the computer on the farm

The best place to start, is with:




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Problems:

Heavy

Awkward to use

Not “rugged” enough!


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To overcome problems of the portable computer, “ruggedized” portables were developed with various data collection tools.


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“ruggedized” portables were developed with various data collection tools.Hardened” Portable Computer


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“ruggedized” portables were developed with various data collection tools.Hardened” Portable Computer


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Problems: “ruggedized” portables were developed with various data collection tools.

Expensive!

Often limited capacity/capability

Screen usually downsized

Heavier than user “liked”


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“New” pocket computers were used in the field “ruggedized” portables were developed with various data collection tools.


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Pocket Computer “ruggedized” portables were developed with various data collection tools.


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Problems: “ruggedized” portables were developed with various data collection tools.

Really limited in capabilities

Keyboard became too small for users

Not small enough to be truly “bound” to the user


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To overcome keyboard problems, increase screen size, improve data entry, pen based computers developed


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Pen Computer data entry, pen based computers developed(Laptop size)


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Evaluation: data entry, pen based computers developed

Very rugged

User like

Powerful (386/486/Pentium)

Big display

Pen writing somewhat awkward

A little big to be “bound” to the user


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To improve the usefulness of the computer, size was decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adopted


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PalmPilot decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adopted


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PalmPilot decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adopted


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Evaluation: decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adopted

Computer is tightly bound to the user

Most software well “linked” to desktop PC

Light weight, battery life very long

Programmable


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Pen Computing decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adoptedWorks bestif.....

Used mainly as reader of data, not collector of data

Think of “shopping lists” when designing software for the pen environment


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Pen Computing decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adoptedWorks bestif.....

Limited CPU is not “stressed” into intense numeric calculations

Most input is check boxes, buttons, or pick lists

Limit “freeform” input to a minimum


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How are Palmtops decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adopted& Pen Windows being used on the Farm?


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Examples: decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adopted

Cow/Calf herd management.

“Cowboy” has a PalmPilot loaded with herd data. As they ride around the herd, all breeding/calving information is at their fingertips.


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Examples: decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adopted

Operations:

All maintenance records for equipment and building is recorded in a central database, that is downloaded into the PalmPilots. Maintenance crews have history in their pockets.


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Examples: decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adopted

Swine Farrowing barns:

As piglets are born, their weights, and sex are recorded, then uploaded to a central database.


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Examples: decreased, and less flexible pen writing recognition adopted

DNR Compliance:

Location of wells, lagoons, spray fields, and other disposal sites have been geolocated, and maps downloaded so manure wagon operators know where to operate



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The End of the limitations is required.

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