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idbruce
02-25-2012, 12:17 AM
Hello Everyone

Let me begin by giving you a little history. Many moons ago, I was doing some electrical work on a commercial building in an industrial park and the guy that got me the gig was a combination salesman/conman. Besides doing some electrical work on this building, I also helped the other guy install a "particular" product on this building. Anyhow, while we were installing this product, the owner of an adjacent building came over and asked if we would install the same product on his building. Since the money was very enticing, of course we said yes, and before we knew it, we were installing this product on several other building within the industrial park. It did not take too long, and within a very short time we had the installion of this product down to a science. During the course of these installations, I was bringing home about $1000 - $1500 per day. At that point in time I was very eager to start a business of strictly installing this product, so I researched this type of business and planned a business, however, I overlooked one major expense, and that was insurance. The insurance for this type of work was astronomical, because it involved working on the roofs of these buildings. I had to abandon the idea, because I simply could not afford the insurance rates that they were asking for.

During the course of planning this business, I created an estimating program for the cost and installation of this product (bad to the bone), filed for patent on a fall arrest safety anchorage device, and designed several variations of machinery to assist in the installation of this product. Besides the insurance cost associated with the installation of this product, there was also a high possibility of accidental falls, so fall protection had to be utilized.

I was a lot younger when this all occured, but the idea never escaped my mind. Looking back now, I was making it way to complicated, and I have a lot more knowledge at this point, as well as much better ideas for creating a robot to perform the installation process of the product. I would still like to proceed with this idea, but I currently have too many irons in the fire. First and foremost, I would like to participate in building this robot from Parallax products. If my memory serves me correctly, the process could be accomplished with single thread programming, so either a BASIC Stamp or a Propeller would work. Of course there would have to be a working prototype, but after the prototype was made, a patent could be filed, at which point either the machines could be sold to commercial construction companies or the machines could be used to build a commercial construction company. As for the robot itself, I am talking about a four wheel rear wheel drive robot that has the ability to exert approxiamtely 100 lbs. of downward pressure without being lifted from the roof a building.

I really do not want to devulge to much information within the forum, because I consider a lot of the information to be proprietary, however I would be open to a vague discussion, and I am certainly interested in talking seriously with trustworthy and skillfull people. In order to become part of this project, a non-disclosure agreement must be reached between you and me. I am mostly interested in working with people in the Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan vicinity, but depending upon the required needs and skills offered, location may not be important.

If a patent is obtained, all participating parties will need to contribute to the associated fees necessary for obtaining the patent. I can write the patent application, so attorney fees will not be part of the equation, and all participating parties will be co-inventors.

Bruce

Bits
02-25-2012, 01:06 AM
I wish I could help but like you my cup overfloweth.

The stress is awesome and the money involved is worthy of many long sleepless nights. In engineering school they never talked about the stress and time crunch that people expect you to work under. :) Bastards!

Good luck on this.

idbruce
02-25-2012, 01:14 AM
Bits

Thanks for the response. I am not in any hurry to proceed, I would just like to see it start moving in a positive direction. It is one of those future projects that is utilizing valuable memory allocation. :)

If you should ever decide to change your mind, you have an open invitation.

Bruce

erco
02-25-2012, 01:21 AM
I have a few irons in that fire already, but I wish you the best of luck!

Bits
02-25-2012, 01:25 AM
Thanks Bruce.

idbruce
02-25-2012, 01:25 AM
Thanks erco

If money was no object, I could just buy one of these, and half the battle would be complete.
http://www.battlekits.com/

I wish you the best of luck as well in your endeavors.

Bruce