I don't have much to offer in today's update. I've been unable to buy any of the new parts for Project Earth Rover, as the only donation since the completion of Project Hampture was for $5. (Much appreciated, by the way.) Hate to go all PBS on you but this project's innately more expensive than Hampture was and it's going to be difficult to move forward without funding. Here's a list of everything I expect the project to need:
Spykee robot: $299
Mini GPS tracker: $200
Solar power kit: $289
Mifi mobile hotspot: $242
(Monthly 3G subscription rate: $60)
The good news is I've been contacted by someone who may be willing to donate a Spykee. I've also found a relatively low cost solar power solution that is sufficient for multiple rovers, and will work with the battery pack from Project Hampture.
I'm willing to pay for the shipping and anything else out of pocket that I can afford. I really love this project concept and I am giddy as fuck imagining strangers who follow this blog being able to log into the robot and pilot it around the forest clearing I've selected. But tragically, like everything else in science, it remains a distant dream until funding materializes.