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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Dr. Michael Stachiw
The best place to start, is with:
Awkward to use
Not “rugged” enough!
Often limited capacity/capability
Screen usually downsized
Heavier than user “liked”
Really limited in capabilities
Keyboard became too small for users
Not small enough to be truly “bound” to the user
Pen writing somewhat awkward
A little big to be “bound” to the user
Computer is tightly bound to the user
Most software well “linked” to desktop PC
Light weight, battery life very long
Used mainly as reader of data, not collector of data
Think of “shopping lists” when designing software for the pen environment
Limited CPU is not “stressed” into intense numeric calculations
Most input is check boxes, buttons, or pick lists
Limit “freeform” input to a minimum
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.
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.
Swine Farrowing barns:
As piglets are born, their weights, and sex are recorded, then uploaded to a central database.
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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