The future of farming is changing, drones are roaming the skies and patrolling the ground studying crop yields and collecting data. At least, that's how I imagine the future of commercial farming. This project explores that future and the solutions that new tech can bring to the commercial industry.
Photoshop Composite explaining the idea through visual storytelling
Product Shot displaying rugged aesthetics and brief explanation of unit.
The technology I have crammed into the Command E6 is not completely far fetched, many things are already use in today's world. Things like airless tires, LIDAR, and 100HP electric motors.
My vision is that future wheeled platforms will either be told, or already know what tool is needed to accomplish a specific task. Here, I've equipped the Command E6 with a front loading tool as a visual example to the possibility.
The second part of this unit is the field drone that re-charges at the back of the Command E6, collecting data on crops when not connected.
This part of the unit is not entirely set in stone, as the options for drones could potentially vary depending on the farmers needs. But here I have sketched out one possibility to explain the uses of a drone with the Command E6. (sorry for the image de-saturation)
Displaying the Command E6 out in the field in the morning doing work alongside the farmers really solidifies the concept. Maybe the Unit is still working from the previous day?
After the reveal of the Tetra front loader concept, it got me thinking about the applications of the Command E6 for the construction industry? Here are a few visuals with a new color palette to show the flexibility of this unit.
The Future is Close
Technology is advancing, and we are ever closer to an autonomous workforce. But for now all we can do is conceptualize and dream about the possibilities.
When given the chance to design whatever I wanted, I longed to dive into the Kentucky part of me that is rooted in the agriculture world. Being raised with a family who farms, I know the struggles that they face every day and the struggles that are yet to come. Struggles like a small workforce, feeding a growing population (billions and counting), all while maintaining a healthy family life.
My goal was to design a wheeled platform that incorporated existing technology and addressed (and I believe will solve) the problems explained above. Beginning with research in the commercial farming industry, paired with personal experience, I found many things that surprised me. A lot of which had to do with the wasted time and resources spent just maintaining the farm. Some tech I had planned on incorporating could already be found somewhere in the agriculture world (use of drones, airless tires, etc.). The only company that I found leading the charge into agriculture innovation was Case with their autonomous tractor concept (as well as their Tetra front loader concept). I found it appropriate to base my developing concept off of Case and use their brand language as inspiration for my sketches and CAD work, to anchor my design in reality and appear more feasible.
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