The Crop Dusters

Team 4: The Crop Dusters

Team Members: Nathan Greiner, Alex Schuster, Jameel Kelley, and Timothy Hoffman

Project Name: Self-Propelled Sprayer VR Simulator for Agriculture Safety

Dubuque, Iowa

This team is building a virtual reality driving simulator to improve the safety of self-propelled sprayers. The simulator will be easily transportable and can be set up quickly for location-based safety training. Using real tractor hardware, the virtual reality experience will simulate the operator’s visibility while operating a 70’ to 110’ sprayer boom, as well as simulate boom arm physics motions and controls from a seated position in the simulator. This provides practical training before operating expensive and potentially dangerous equipment.

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Nothing But a Little (Crop) Dust in Our Eye

Team Crop Dusters bids farewell to the Intel Ultimate Coder VR Challenge this week. Take a look back with us as we review the progress we made over the last eight weeks, thank everyone who has helped along the way, and see what the future holds for the VR Sprayer Simulator.

Mo' Vertices, Mo' Problems

Creating a detailed and realistic simulation requires a detailed and realistic VR environment which inevitably presents a challenge in achieving a high level of detail with a high frame rate. This week Team Crop Dusters meet this challenge head on by decimating models, culling objects, and using...

Right on the Button

Team Crop Dusters receives a special delivery this week; an actual sprayer steering wheel, seat, and control console. Follow along as the team disassembles the parts and pushes ALL the buttons to find out what components are crucial to creating a realistic sprayer simulation.

The Bare Accessibilities

Simulator improvements on accessibility, mobile prototyping, and subject matter expert feedback were all on the agenda this week. Team Crop Dusters got out the hammer and nails and constructed a test rig to simulate the physical sprayer cabin and then got back to the digital world to create a more...

Developers Against Dangerous Driving

Week 4 of the challenge brings a focus to a critical aspect of the project - safety and operations training. Beyond the base simulation, it's important that Team Crop Dusters create an environment rich with tutorials, guides, statistics, and warnings to help users learn how to properly operate the...

Get Real! Creating a Realistic Farm in VR

This week the Crop Dusters have gathered their tools and new-found knowledge to begin building the foundation of the virtual farm world. Learn how Team Crop Dusters creates a realistic farm simulation by building out the terrain and populating it with assets as well as wiring up the controls and...

If You Build VR, They Will Come

Crop Dusters go on a field trip to learn the ins and outs of the Sprayer they intend to simulate. One of the secrets of a great VR Simulation is to make it as realistic as possible and the best way to ensure that is to get real world experience.

Let the Crop Dusting Begin!

Hello there!  We are Team Crop Dusters out of Dubuque Iowa, and we are extremely excited to start working on our Virtual Reality Sprayer Simulation project for the Intel® Ultimate Coder Challenge IV: VR. 

Team Crop Dusters: L to R is Jameel...

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Team Challenge Journals

Team 1: Eastern Indigos

Learning Organic Chemistry the VR Way

This team is building a VR experience to make organic chemistry visually appealing.

Team 2: CheikDinga

CheikDinga: Dream It, See It, Own It

Team 2 works to improve this fully immersive VR game for car dealers that attracts customers by providing innovative ways to customize car purchases.

Team 3: Flying Turtles

TraIND40: Advanced Virtual and Mixed Reality Training Experience for Industry 4.0

This team is using VR to improve industrial training to place the trainee and instructor in the same environment, which accelerates learning.

Team 4: The Crop Dusters

A Self-Propelled Sprayer VR Simulator for Agriculture Safety

This team will build a virtual reality driving simulator to improve the safety of self-propelled sprayers.

Team 5: Zenva Sky

Learn to Code in VR: An Immersive Computer Science Adventure

This team is focused on the Zenva Sky application, which teaches the fundamentals of abstract computer science in a visual, interactive manner only achievable in VR.

Team 6: Vitruvian VR Team

Vitruvian VR 2.0: Wing Suit Simulator

This project joins history, technology, and gaming through virtual reality. Using an electronically controlled mechanism, the Vitruvian VR flight simulator makes the user feel like the Vitruvian Man of Leonardo da Vinci.

Team 7: VRMonkeys

Virtual Investigator

Combining professional training and education, this project has players taking the role of a scientific investigator (CSI) to find crime scene clues, take the evidence to a lab, and analyze the information to identify suspects.

Team 8: Learn 'o' Sys

Using VR to Teach Human Anatomy

This team uses the power of VR, mixed with imagination and creativity, to create an application that educates school-age children about the human body.