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Parts and Expenses
Budget
Proposed Development Plan

  One Year Budget Proposal
 ( To complete ROV version of either the Short Plant or Orchard robot and start its conversion to an autonomous robot.)
                  Assuming funds can be raised for three people.  Else see alternative the plans at the bottom of this page.

Since I now have a good job, most of the funds would go to parts & hiring others to work on projects and I would simply get paid to manage them. Best case only gaining my rent being paid for so that the project could have a decent place to work on the project and easier for me to work on the project in my spare time.
If we raise sufficient funds then the following budget would apply (Otherwise see the next table):

Expenses
Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
Annual Totals:
Wages:
$3000 per month





New Engineering Graduate or Co-op Student 1
$9000
$9000 $9000 $9000 $36000
New Technologist Graduate or Co-op Student 2
$9000 $9000 $9000 $9000 $36000
New Eng/Tech Graduate or Co-op Student 3
$9000 $9000 $9000 $9000 $36000
4th person / Research Assistant  (if enough funds)
($9000?) ($9000?) ($9000?) ($9000?) ($36000?)
Total Wages: With three (or four) people
$27,000
($36,000?)
$27,000
($36,000?)
$27,000
($36,000?)
$27,000
($36,000?)
$108,000
($144,000?)
Parts Costs: (Estimate based on some actual costs, but with some leeway for unknowns.)





Electrical :  Cameras, Computers,  Electronics, Remote Systems, Solar,...
$12,000
$2,000
$2,000
$2,000
$18,000
Mechanical: Materials, Machining, Hydraulics,...
$12,000
$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $18,000
Software:  Compiler (MS or QNX or Linux?),
Electronics Design Software, Mechanical Design Software,...
$12,000
none
none
none
$12,000
Total Parts Costs:
$42,000
$4,000
$4,000
$4,000
$48,000
Patent Application Costs:





International Patent Application
( Estimate Only )

$12,500
none
none
unknown

U.S.A. Patent Application
 (If patent is simple than total cost approximately $7,500 )

$3,750
none
none
$3,750

Total Patent Costs:




$20,000
Miscellaneous Costs:





Rent on house with garage or commercial space. $1400/month
$4,200
4,200 4,200 4,200 $16,800
Training Events
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Total Miscellaneous Costs:




$16,800
Total Costs




approx.. $200,000
     ~($236,000)

Alternate budgets if not enough money is raised to do everything (and if more than enough):

Funds raised
$1,000 $10,000 $25,000 $50,000 $75,000 $100,000 $125,000 $150,000 $200,000 $236,000
$375,000
Promote project via Cartoons, Calendars, ...
Imagery from farm robots and nature.
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Incorporate (legally declare company)  
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 U.S. Patent application


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International / European Union Patent application





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 PC104 style computer
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3 - PC104 style computers


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Camera for image analysis

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3 Cameras for image analysis



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Mechanical Design software



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Mechanical parts



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Electrical Design software



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Electrical parts



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One persons wages for a year.




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One persons wages for 4 months
(Co-op workterm for student)





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Rent on place with large basement and/or garage



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Two peoples wages for a year






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Three peoples wages for a year








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Four peoples wages for ONE year









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Four peoples wages for TWO years










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