The University of Osnabrück invited me to give a talk about “HMIs of Agricultural Machines for 2016” at their COALA Symposium “Assistance Systems and Human-Machine Communication in Agricultural Engineering” on October 30, 2014. Here is the abstract of the talk.
Agricultural OEM Krone bets on Qt software library for development of their terminal / First prototype read in less than three months
Big X 480 in maize harvest
585 horsepower, 15.6 litres engine displacement and an up to 9 metre wide cutterhead – forage harvesters are among the most powerful agricultural machines. It takes a lot more technology and know-how to drive such a vehicle than a car. The driver terminal of a forage harvester must process information from more than 30 components like motor, cutterhead, metal detector or grinder within tenths of a second. The terminal additionally provides a diagnosis system. The agricultural OEM Krone from Lower Saxony has built all these functions into the touch-screen terminal of its forage harvester Big X 480/580. The HMI software of the terminal was developed with the GUI and application library Qt.
When roaming the halls of Embedded World 2014, I stumbled over two agricultural tidbits: one about Fendt and one about Agrifac. Continue reading
At this year’s Agritechnica, I had a close look at the HMIs of the tractors and self-propelled harvesters of CLAAS, AGCO (Fendt and Massey Ferguson), John Deere, New Holland and some others. My focus was on the UI software running on driver and auxiliary terminals. I think that these HMIs have a lot of catching up to do with respect to in-vehicle-infotainment systems and even more with modern smartphones. Here is my detailed report. Continue reading