Introducing: BackYard Robots - April Fools 2017

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Nifty-Chicken, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks again to our great community.
    You are harder to fool each year, so we keep trying!

    Here are previous year's April Fools Day Fun on BYC:

    Short Version:

    We’re very excited to announce the upcoming site / project



    Over the past 10 years there have been many amazing advances in robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). We are surrounded by technology that has and is and will be transforming daily life. Everything from robotic vacuums and fully autonomous cars to amazing humanoid and animal robots!

    I personally have always had a passion for technology. I’m a huge fan of Ray Kurzweil and his thought on the upcoming “technological singularity”. His opinions and predictions are well respected, and he foresees incredible and exponential advances in technology in the next few years.

    There has never been a time or an opportunity to combine my interest in technology… especially Artificial Intelligence with my love of BackYardChickens. With that being the case, I’ve put together a select team of passionate experts in both computer science and chicken husbandry to work towards making our lives easier and more efficient while also improving the lives of our flocks!

    Our team has put together a plan to develop a BackYard Robot to assist (initially) with all your chicken-keeping projects and needs. The plan is to roll out incremental development stages in our BackYard Robots. Our super-secret beta version is only in its infancy, but is already capable of automatically retrieving eggs and opening / closing coop doors.

    After our BackYard Robots have mastered the basic areas of raising chickens (like cleaning the coop, maintaining water / feed levels, etc.), we’d eventually like to expand the robots into other non-chicken related animals; e.g., feeding, cleaning, herding, protecting, etc. of everything from other fowl to horses, goats, bees, and more!

    So, where do you as members of BYC, fit into all of this? As mentioned earlier, we have been testing our beta robot in our labs, but we need to get a few of them into the hands of people “out in the field” to test in “real world” applications.

    We’re now accepting applications from BYC members to become “beta testers” of our BackYard Robots. If you are interested in potentially becoming a tester and joining our program, please reply to this thread with the following information:

    1. The # of years you’ve owned chickens
    2. What other BackYard animals do you own that you’d like help with
    3. Examples of three tasks you’d like your BackYard Robot to take over / do for you

    This is a first-come first-served process, so we’ll only be taking application for the next 24 hours!

    If you have any other comments, suggestions, or questions, please also post them here.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2017
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  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal True BYC Addict

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    1. About four years.

    2. Cows, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea fowl, peafowl, owls, tilapia and koi. Hey, you asked!

    3. I want my robot to build more coops for me. :D Too much to ask? I like my chicken chores. So maybe train my dogs perfectly, keep predators away and when it's time to milk and my crazy cows don't want to come bring them down.

    ETA: I decided there are better ways for my bot to spend his time.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2017
  3. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow!! What a great idea!!!

    1. 1 year or so
    2. Goats, rabbits, chickens
    3. Disbud baby goats, milk goats, feed/water chickens when it's raining
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  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Following the thread [​IMG]

    1. The # of years you’ve owned chickens: 5-6 years
    2. What other BackYard animals do you own that you’d like help with: None :(
    3. Examples of three tasks you’d like your BackYard Robot to take over / do for you: Cleaning coop, feeding in the morning, putting away at night, changing water, and a Swedish massage and spa treatment for myself.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2017
  5. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal True BYC Addict

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Good idea, Savannah! Maybe I'll change that allowed? lol
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    1. 3 years
    2. None
    3. coop cleaning, re-filling feeders etc
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 1, 2017
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  7. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 1, 2015
    1. 3 years
    2. None (Jinx, Chris!)
    3. Would shovelling the driveway be too much to ask?
  8. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    1. 6 years
    2. Ducks, Quail, horse
    3. Manure: muck it, pile it, turn it, spread it

    Oh wait, I think my husband already does all that :lau
    2 people like this.
  9. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Overrun With Chickens

    0 years, first chicks coming Wednesday
    Dog is only other animal, it needs fed too.....
    Feeding and watering chickens, a camera would be nice so I could have it check and report on things. Opening the pop door, doing a head count. I am inexperienced with chickens and see that as an advantage, no pre conceived ideas how things should be done... Huge tech geek here too

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2017
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    1) 70 years, give or take a few.

    2) 10 beagles and Scaredy cat.

    3) Cooking, house keeping and balancing the checking account would be appreciated.
    2 people like this.

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