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Parts and Expenses
Budget
Proposed Development Plan


Parts and Expenses

Parts Needed [but few needed for the "proof of concept" version of the farm robot]:
Quantity:
Cost: (Estimate of total at bottom)
Qty. Filled:
Computer Systems for development
and modeling.
2-3
$1,500 ea.
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Office Furniture
n/a
$2,000
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Structural Materials & Machining Costs (Depends on size of prototype.)
n/a
$15,000 - $25,000
0
H Bridges for Motor Control
Purchased them from RobotPower. Great Service and quick delivery.
2
$80
2
GPS Unit and Magnetic Compass
Got it from the RobotShop. Great service. Stores in both Canada and the U.S.A.
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$70
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PC 104 Style Computers
Ended up with 3 from ebay: Advanced Micro Peripherals Ltd.
( With Firewire capability OR USB 2.0 ) with at least a 500Mhz processor
Another possible source:   Diamond Systems
3
$1200 ea.
Got them off e-bay for much less
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Hard Drives - the best would be a Solid State Device
Ideally for their durability, faster access times and reduced power consumption.
Connect Tech's PC/104 Flash Drive an ideal SSD for PC104s. Being both rugged and reliable.
Fujitsu's 16GB SSD is priced at US$700
4
$400 - 4000 US
0
Operating System possibilities:
QNX or Neutrino - true RTOS
Lynx OS by Lynux - a true RTOS
Embedded Windows - investigating
Embedded Linux - but then not suppose to be a real RTOS.
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Free in some cases if only for research purposes

Embedded Database software:
McObject's eXtremeDB embedded database
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FireWire Color CMOS Cameras [Or USB]
see  www.mediacy.com/kits/evolutionlc.htm
  Evolution LC FireWireTM Camera Kit. $1,500

http://www.geneq.com/catalog/en/mfwc.html
see  www.isgchips.com/Templates/t_lw-3-s-1394.htm
 
lw-3-s-1394  $1,700
2
$1,000 - $3,000 ea.
0
USB 2.0 Color CMOS Cameras[Or FireWire] - High Quality
? see  http://viewbits.com/cmos-usb-2-color-cameras.htm
  Color USB 1 Megapixel Camera apprx. $900
?see  http://optics.sumix.com/products/cameras
  CommandShot camera kits are apprx. $950

? http://www.photonfocus.com/html/eng/products/prodList.php
2
$1,000 - $2,000 ea.
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USB 2.0 Color CMOS Cameras - Low Quality for navigation
4?
$150

Pneumatic Rams (Depends on size of prototype.)  see www.peerlessengineering.com
Large
Medium
Small

2?
6 - 12?
2 - 6?
$50 - $1,000 ea.
0
Hydraulic Valves
12
$250 ea.
2 GreemCheckMark
Hoses and Connectors
?
$500
0
Hydraulic Pumps
see www.catpumps.com
2
$2,000
0
Small Rubber Tires (Depends on size of prototype.)
see  www.paskellawnmowers.com/tableofcontents.html
6
$20 - $50 ea.
0
Electronics and Mechanical Development Equipment:
Soldering [1] and de-soldering irons
Oscilloscope (PC-based? ) see  http://sine.ni.com/nips/cds/view/p/lang/en/nid/12601

Digital Meters [2]
Various powered & hand tools
n/a
$5,000?
AutoCAD or Solid Works Software ?
? Autodesk Inventor Series 10   $5,195
? AutoCAD 2006   $3,750
see  www.autodesk.com
? SolidWorks Office Premium  $?,???
see  www.solidworks.com
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$3,000 - $5,750
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Electronics Design Software
Xilinx License 
see  www.xilinx.com
Synplicity (VHDL) License  see  www.synplicity.com
1

$3,500
$3,500
0
X10 Web Camera Security Package
see  www.x10.com/home2.html
1
$300 - $500
0
Xilinx Electronics Development Kit (Beginners)
see  www.xilinx.com
1
$150
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Patent Application (for Legal Fees and Paper Work)
Depends on lawyer and complexity of patent.
The patent I'd like to file for is simple and self marketing as demand already exists. Other patents may arise during development of first prototype.
2
$7,500 approx.
$25,000 multiple countries ?
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Total:
$60,000 - $75,000 for Parts & Machining

$7,500 - $32,500 for Patents



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