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Man Digs Out Basement Using Radio Controlled Toy Tractors

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the a-boy-and-his-toys dept.

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Phurge pointed out a story about a man with a fleet of remote control toys and a lot of patience. "Excavating a basement using professional machinery is nothing new but doing it with radio controlled (RC) scaled models is something unheard of. Welcome to the little big world of Joe, from Saskatchewan, Canada. For the past 7 years, Joe has been digging out his basement at an average annual rate of 8 to 9 cubic feet using nothing more than RC tractors and trucks. And we're talking about the whole nine yards here — he starts by transporting the excavator on an RC truck to the basement, unloads it, digs and uses other trucks to transfer the dirt up to the ground through a spiral ramp! He even has a miniature rock crusher! 'I feel quite fortunate to have stumbled onto this basement excavation idea, it's been a great past time to date dreaming up new ideas to tackle different projects along the way,' Joe wrote on the Scale4x4rc forums where he also posted pictures and videos of his feat."

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Follow up: (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070401)

Joe says that he plans to have his house built within the next 18 months, at which point his mother will move in upstairs and he will take up residence in the basement with his computer.

Re:Follow up: (1)

dolmen.fr (583400) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071839)

Follow-up article (but to related to the parent joke): a interview of Joe [blogspot.com] .

Basement (5, Funny)

rherbert (565206) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070413)

Well, at least now he'll be able to move out of his parents' basement.

Re:Basement (1)

AG the other (1169501) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070443)

Well, at least now he'll be able to move out of his parents' basement.

Don't you mean into his parent's basement?

Re:Basement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070705)

ahh, he said 'his house' not his parents house, so he meant his parents are moving into the upstairs part of his house, while he lives in the basement.

Re:Basement (4, Funny)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070995)

Yeah, I bought a house and moved in the basement, my mother moved in upstairs. Do I live in my mother's basement? Nah, she moved in my attic, right? RIGHT??!??

Re:Basement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071399)

Suddenly reminded of 'Allo 'Allo.

Re:Basement (1)

tahuti (744415) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071467)

if he installs blinking bed posts and mic in bedpan, he deserves to be called Nighthawk

Re:Basement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071617)

'Allo allo, this is Nighthawk calling....

Re:Basement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071475)

I have to say that, movie-wise [wikipedia.org] , the connotations of having your mother living in your attic don't really seem all that attractive of a proposition either.

Re:Basement (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071965)

Don't you mean into his parent's basement?

Maybe he removed the dirt from his basement by putting it in their basement.

How about oing the same for snow clearing? (2)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070417)

A few RC trucks with front-mounted blowers could be fun :-)

Re:How about oing the same for snow clearing? (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071345)

I am totally going to have to do that. I have a freaking *HUGE* driveway on the side of a mountain, and I'm tired of paying the plow guy to come plow when he finally gets around to it (which usually means "after I've already towed my step-daughter and/or neice out of the ditch"). This probably wouldn't take any longer between snowfall and a clear driveway than the plow guy, would probably be break-even on expenses, but would be a boatload more fun :)

Re:How about oing the same for snow clearing? (1)

TempestRose (1187397) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071495)

Just buy a Kubota with a snowblower.

I did, after I hand dug out my dad's truck during the first snow after we moved in.

It's, um, a bit more expensive. But it also works quicker

Re:How about oing the same for snow clearing? (1)

Shifty0x88 (1732980) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071847)

I was gunna suggest an ATV, or something similar and get a small plow for it, or roll your own... could be cheaper, especially if you buy used.

I guess you would want a heated cabin too huh? Hmmm.... sheet metal on the sides with a door, and a windshield(front and back) out of plexi or acrylic?

For heat.... you could try to take advantage of the heat off of the ATV engine, or if you can supply enough power to it maybe an electric heater(keep away from things that can melt!) or something.... just an idea.

Pretty fucking cool (3, Funny)

WiiVault (1039946) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070423)

Wish I had a basement now. /nerdgasm

Re:Pretty fucking cool (1)

mcavic (2007672) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070599)

Yeah, it's cool, I guess. But 7 years?

Re:Pretty fucking cool (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070863)

It was just an elaborate excuse to convince his wife to let him spend that much time on money on RC toys. In other words, it was a hobby.

Sounds like a pretty fun one too. He can build a man cave down there and showcase the RC toys and be able to tell visitors he created the whole thing with those toys.

Re:Pretty fucking cool (2)

mcavic (2007672) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071049)

Well, I'm all for man caves and RC. I'll say that much.

Re:Pretty fucking cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071283)

It was just an elaborate excuse to convince his wife to let him spend that much time on money on RC toys. In other words, it was a hobby.

Sounds like a pretty fun one too. He can build a man cave down there and showcase the RC toys and be able to tell visitors he created the whole thing with those toys.

Yeah, except his wife left him because of it.

Re:Pretty fucking cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071635)

Maybe those aren't really RC vehicles. He's a slave of the evil machines and his wife is buried somewhere...

Re:Pretty fucking cool (2)

Pooua (265915) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071747)

Wife?

Re:Pretty fucking cool (4, Funny)

tenchikaibyaku (1847212) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071707)

I wonder how many years he'll be gone from society if he discovers minecraft..

Re:Pretty fucking cool (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070695)

That's the point - start now, and in 30 years you will!

Interesting idea (2)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070437)

Seriously, build small equipment the size of a riding lawn mower, but then use RC (wifi or bluetooth) to control them. With being small and cheap, it would be possible to dig out multiple parts of an area.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070583)

Now if he set up a server and had it control the toys 24/7 --- that would be way cool.

Re:Interesting idea (2)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070647)

Well, that is exactly what I was thinking. In fact, the code base could be adopted for robotics for the Moon and Mars. In my mind, it is better to send a number of smaller robotics to the moon, rather than one large one. That way if you lose one or two, you are not out of commission.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

ThePeices (635180) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070741)

I NASA has the code base pretty well covered, you need to deal with the ~20 min light speed time delay, which increasingly requires more autonomy from the rover to make exploration more efficient time-wise.

But wouldnt it be nice just to tell a robot to dig a hole of blah dimensions, place dirt at blah, come back the next day and find it done.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

kaizokuace (1082079) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071575)

build a thing that lays out a cnc mill for digging!

Re:Interesting idea (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071591)

Lightspeed lag to the Moon is only 3 seconds. You must be thinking of digging a basement on Mars.

Re:Interesting idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070757)

This is what I thought. Increase the number of devices, and get them talking to each other. Let them do the work, film it, youtube it, collect cash from a uni.

Down to earth applications, hazardous zones (4, Interesting)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070795)

My first thought was that he should have spent the first two years making this an automated robotics project, and then started digging. He may have completed sooner.

My second thought was that this guy will be fist in line to operate remote manipulators on the moon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_manipulator [wikipedia.org]

My third thought was that we could have used this guy and some bigger RCs at Chernobyl and Fukushima.

Re:Down to earth applications, hazardous zones (2)

Shifty0x88 (1732980) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071875)

HAHAh love the automated idea, put probably would cost a lot more... camera(s), sensor(s), a bigger microcontroller, and a bigger battery for all of those things for starters. Then you would need to either tether them to a wall socket for power(there goes the battery expense), or program it to "return to base" to get a charge when it's battery runs low

He does need better hydraulics though, that backhoe was weak when it was digging through the clay

Re:Interesting idea (2)

drfreak (303147) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071063)

Stop making sense. You're killing the thread!

Re:Interesting idea (1)

GeoffreyBernardo (1991048) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071731)

LOL

Re:Interesting idea (5, Informative)

mpoulton (689851) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070989)

Radio controlled equipment is already used in construction. Working in trenches is dangerous and required elaborate and expensive safety precautions. To avoid this, contractors use methods that avoid putting people in trenches. This usually involves equipment with long arms to manipulate things (like a robotic pipelayer) but some equipment is remote controlled. Like this compactor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc18eKDyMlc [youtube.com] Radio control of large pieces of equipment like concrete pumps is also common, but for the opposite reason. It allows the operator to be at the location where the action is happening rather than in a cab far away.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071395)

Yup. That is what I was thinking of, EXCEPT that it is not working in an autonomous or even semi-autonomous. This would be useful for NASA or even Google to create X-Prizes for doing just that. By getting equipment to be given an assignment and then you walk away, this allows for a larger number of exploration, construction and mining on the moon, mars AND earth.

pointless. automation woulda been cool tho (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070455)

if he could have automated the control with a camera and PC handling the RC control stuff it would have been a cool project. instead he coulda used a shovel and been done in a coupla weeks.

Re:pointless. automation woulda been cool tho (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070557)

true. his original post is here : http://www.scale4x4rc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=25724
no automation / computer control setup. looks like all manual RC.

Re:pointless. automation woulda been cool tho (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071207)

You missed the fact that he does this for *RECREATION*, he even removed a conveyor belt assembly for helping to speed it up too much. (As well as making the basement difficult to traverse). This guy is a FARMER, and if he's to be believed has limited time off-farm for recreational purposes, so this activity fills that gap for him.

No different than the time many people invest into model trains or dozens of other activities that provide no 'measurable' productive expenditure of time, but through which they derived immense satisfaction in the process of doing.

Re:pointless. automation woulda been cool tho (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071627)

No different than the time many people invest into model trains or dozens of other activities that provide no 'measurable' productive expenditure of time, but through which they derived immense satisfaction in the process of doing.

It sure is fun when you're high tho! /former Saskatchewanite //lotta time to kill out there on the prairies...

Re:pointless. automation woulda been cool tho (2)

TheLink (130905) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071629)

This guy is a FARMER, and if he's to be believed has limited time off-farm for recreational purposes, so this activity fills that gap for him.

Hmm, I wonder how many excavator, truck and tractor drivers have mini-farms for recreational purposes, does farmville count? ;)

Next week... (5, Funny)

multiben (1916126) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070459)

Next week, Joe plans to hold a conference with his star wars figurines to discuss possible reasons for his inability to attract a girl friend.

Re:Next week... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070825)

Chicks dig basements.

They'd have it done in less time, too.

Re:Next week... (2, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070897)

Wait... what!?

I was not aware that chicks were all into basements. Maybe when they are 14 and literally have no other place to go and the guy is a jock, but past the time you can have a drivers license? Not so much.

They would only have it done in less time because chicks have this amazing ability to, dependent upon their hotness, to amass armies of men to do their bidding.

You get a half dozen hot chicks in thongs with some beer, and you could easily get two to three times that many men digging a basement for them on the weekend.

Can you say the same for amassing any army of women to do a man's bidding? That is so rare, it is only spoken of in fairy tales, and not actually believed to be true.

Re:Next week... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071249)

Woosh!

Re:Next week... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071667)

$$$

Re:Next week... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071919)

Maybe when they are 14 and literally have no other place to go and the guy is a jock, but past the time you can have a drivers license? Not so much.

So you're saying they like the back seat of a car?..... I gotcha now....

They would only have it done in less time because chicks have this amazing ability to, dependent upon their hotness, to amass armies of men to do their bidding.

Yes, how do they do that again?, oh yeah TITTIES!, gotta love 'em! Well that and all guys think with the wrong head.

Sorry, not making fun of you, just trying to be funny

Math seems wrong (4, Interesting)

esampson (223745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070505)

Average rate of 9 cubic feet per year X 7 years = 63 cubic feet.

That's a cube of dirt 4' x 4' x 4'.

Hardly sounds like 'excavating a basement'.

I'm guessing that the 9 cubic feet number is wrong. Maybe 9 square feet (with an undisclosed height of about 8'-10') for an annual average of 72-90 cubic feet and a final excavation of a room about 8' x 8'?

Re:Math seems wrong (4, Informative)

Mr Z (6791) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070549)

There's a more detailed article that the first one links to. In the more detailed article, it says:

Every year, I excavate about 2 to 3 cubic yards of material. I mine it from the walls during the winter, put it through the crusher, screen it, and then haul it out during a summer’s worth of Sundays.

So what we have is a unit conversion failure in the first article. 1 yard = 3 feet, but 1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feed. 3 cubic yards is 81 cubic feet, then.

So 7 * 81 = 567, which gives you a cube just over 8' on a side, as you suggest.

Re:Math seems wrong (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071387)

Yeah, so easy. Why use metric when you can use elbows and noses and feet and schlongs, they are much easier to comprehend and evaluate on the spot, right? right?

Re:Math seems wrong (3, Informative)

Mr Z (6791) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071461)

Yeah, like nobody ever made the same mistake converting between cm^3 and m^3. 1 cm^3 = 1mL, and 1000 cm^3 is 1 L. 1000 cm = 10 m, but 10 m^3 is 1,000,000 L. But, folks in chem class made that mistake readily. Metric doesn't magically make the "forgot to cube the ratio" problem go away when dealing with volumes.

Re:Math seems wrong (1)

ACDChook (665413) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070553)

From the pictures it looks more like he's just digging into the side of an existing basement, and the 4' cube of dirt would be about right.

Inspiring story (5, Informative)

hashless (1833294) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070561)

This type of do-it-yourself story is what we like to see on slashdot. Inspiring, nerdy, and a bit over the top.

television (1)

electrosoccertux (874415) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070773)

people have too much entertainment these days to go around being productive doing things like this.

Re:television (1)

twistofsin (718250) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070939)

people have too much entertainment these days to go around being productive doing things like this.

What exactly is productive about digging a pit in your basement with RC toys?

Re:television (2)

Amouth (879122) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070969)

well if you could automate it - then you could build them, program them, and let them do their work.. over time that you don't have to do it have a new basement extension carved out.. think of them less of RC toys at that point but rather automated excavation robots..

Re:television (1)

0123456 (636235) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071019)

God God, man! Think of all the construction workers who'll be laid off when basements can be dug by computer or remotely from China!

Now he just needs to automate it (1)

zbobet2012 (1025836) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070565)

Than I would be interested.

Re:Now he just needs to automate it (0)

Amouth (879122) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070613)

and given this site - that is what i expected... but als rather than something really awesome, we find someone with wayyyyyyyy too much time on their hands.

How about hack the process? (1)

JoeCommodore (567479) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071131)

Or at the least experiment with the process now that he has the traditional methods down... maybe he can build and test out new excavation devices/technology using his small scale operation as a model.

For the REAL Geek Award.... (4, Interesting)

Vitriol+Angst (458300) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070597)

... this man should have been a bit more geeky and lazy at the same time by putting the camera and the RC controls on the Internet, then having remote volunteers run the RC toys to dig out his basement.

This gets me thinking I can probably get the internet to excavate and build me a large swimming pool, given about 50 RC bulldozers and a month of use of my web-server.

Re:For the REAL Geek Award.... (4, Funny)

Michael Woodhams (112247) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070637)

I'm sorry, but I'm going to burst your bubble with a single word: griefers.

Re:For the REAL Geek Award.... (1)

JonySuede (1908576) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070769)

Gamify the problem and use the right solution with the highest score. That way, if you set a sensible sets of scoring rules, calculated server side, you will avoid the consequence arising form the grievers, and you will solve you probably NP-Hard problem of using RC robots to build a pool. But if you set the rules wrong, you get creative briefing that achieve to solve the problem described by your rules...

Re:For the REAL Geek Award.... (1)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070889)

Griefers are not motivated nor deterred by scoring. They are generally in it for the reaction of others.

Re:For the REAL Geek Award.... (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070999)

right but if you use the scoring (or the lack of) to kick players.. kinda like auto booting TPK'ers

no the small download / upload caps will kill it (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070935)

no the small download / upload caps will kill it.

Re:For the REAL Geek Award.... (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071329)

Well, you would have to qualify for a CDL at his pretend MVD first, obviously...

Re:For the REAL Geek Award.... (5, Insightful)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071607)

I give it about 10 minutes before your excavation project is turned into Robot Wars.

Re:For the REAL Geek Award.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071715)

Internet-controlled excavators? That would work great, provided you want a swimming pool in the shape of a phallus.

Re:For the REAL Geek Award.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39072029)

He'll get sued by Zynga for copying one of their games.

Like the Robot Vaccum Cleaners (1)

argee (1327877) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070609)

My daughter has one of those vaccum robots. Comes out of its hiding hole, runs around the
house avoiding obstacles, or cleaning up those that were occupied on the first pass; avoids
stairs, doesn't suck in the dog's dick, and when its done, it parks itself back in its hiding
hole, where it is plugged in 'till the next time.

NOW, that technology should be put to digging up the basement. The little robots go around
digging, dump the dert into a conveyor and when done for the shift, park themselves. The
shift being defined as when the people of the house are awake or not home. Why bother
taking the dirt outside? Maybe, except for the stones and rocks, just wash the dirt down
the sink drain, after all, its a little bit at a time and the aquifers have at least 20 years to run.

A few of these digger bots, working 7 days a week for 16 hours or more a day, will probably
do the Canadian's job in 6 months. I am sure he didn't spend 16 hours a day digging. But
the bots can.

Re:Like the Robot Vaccum Cleaners (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070667)

the Neato XV11 has SLAM sensors. so in theory you could do this provided you had a power source good enough.
the neato runs about 45 min between charges and resumes in the room where it left off.
http://www.neatorobotics.com/
comes with open source fw control for hacking.

Re:Like the Robot Vaccum Cleaners (1)

Neil Boekend (1854906) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071513)

Dont mix the vacuum version and the digging version. It would really mess up the carpet.

OMG (0)

DSS11Q13 (1853164) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070617)

just watching the clips practically made me suicidal from boredom

Re:OMG (3, Funny)

RichardDeVries (961583) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070657)

Watch a bit longer. The boredom will pass. Oh that's terrible, I'm sorry.

two feet deeper in my basement was 60 cubic YARDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070681)

It took two huge dumpsters to take the dirt away. It was done with no power equipment at all, in 2 days, by 4 guys.

It is a great idea though, I can imagine remote controlled smaller equipment being used by real contractors in the future.

Re:two feet deeper in my basement was 60 cubic YAR (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070997)

It took two huge dumpsters to take the dirt away. It was done with no power equipment at all, in 2 days, by 4 guys.

It is a great idea though, I can imagine remote controlled smaller equipment being used by real contractors in the future.

Would it be easier to use a truck to take the dumpsters away?

--

Lawrence of Arabia would have trouble with such dust.

two feet deeper in my basement was 60 cubic YARDS (0)

beltsbear (2489652) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070691)

It took two huge dumpsters to take the dirt away. It was done with no power equipment at all, in 2 days, by 4 guys. It is a great idea though, I can imagine remote controlled smaller equipment being used by real contractors in the future.

I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070701)

... welcome our new truckbotic overlords

And if there's an avalanche (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39070737)

He can call the Thunderbirds!

Hyphens (2)

Myopic (18616) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070749)

The headline of this article is a good example of why it is important to hyphenate adjective phrases.

Sincerely,
Your Third Grade Teacher

Re:Hyphens (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071185)

Dear Third Grade Teacher, none of us have keyboards that produce true hyphens, only hyphen-minus. Most of us can't remember how to produce unicode 2010 of the real hyphen.

Sincerely,

Your Former Student

P.S. fellate my choad, cunt

Re:Hyphens (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071777)

I've reread the title four times, and I can't figure out a single way to parse the sentence in a grammatically-correct fashion other than the one way that was intended -- especially since the only place I can think of where a hyphen would apply would be in "radio-controlled."

So how did you misread it, out of curiosity?

He needs to upgrade. (1)

hedgemage (934558) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070927)

The gentleman would achieve a much greater result if he got himself a scale model of the Bagger 288 [youtube.com]

Out-Source hours to dig. (2)

TheFoxMan88 (2528592) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070933)

Another method would be controls that work over the internet, then out-source all the hours to dig it out. I hear they got bots that grind gold on WOW, this is another avenue of profit. Its a lot safer then making another Skynet.

No!!!!! (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39070951)

I refuse to RTFA or summary and am content with vizualizing young Timmy's mom giving him an ultimatum. "Either you clean up my basement right now, or you move out! I mean it young man! What am I saying? You're 45 years old, for crying out loud!" "But mom, it will take me a week at least to program the tractors!"

Make money! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071121)

He could have charged good money to the neighbourhood kids to do this after school.

Durable toys! (1)

thereitis (2355426) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071145)

I wish I had RC toys as functional and durable as those. I bet they aren't cheap, but what store even sells them? Nice job - that must have been a lot of fun!

Could be awesome instead (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39071289)

It would have been awesome, if it was done by automatically controlled toys and some sort of positioning system.

Imagine to have those little robots to do the work for a month or two without any need for supervision. It would be a revolution for small scale constructions.

~ Your epSos.de

Some People (1)

bratwiz (635601) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071453)

Some people have way too much time on their hands.

Dig it!

Interface control (2)

delvsional (745684) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071465)

He should set up a website with some sort of interface control for the machines and live streaming video, then charge people to play with the toys remotely.

Chores (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071547)

If it can take out the garbage, I'll take one!

Be careful what you wish for (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071561)

Soon construction and warehouse work will be outsourced to oversees workers using internet RC. It's inevitable.

Patience (2)

GeoffreyBernardo (1991048) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071703)

Ladies and Gentleman, This man is not in a hurry.

That's great (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071763)

So instead of taking a hit of a few weeks while contractors dig out the space he spends the next seven years driving miniature dump trucks and excavators around to accomplish the same and with no end in sight. I'm wondering what the point is here. Maybe for his next project he can attempt something similar with spoons.

Re:That's great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39072093)

in the end, he gets a basement and a ton of toys to play with. with your solution, you end up with just a basement.

Huh (1)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071787)

Personally I found watching the video incredibly boring, but I guess that's why I'd never do something like this.
When I first read the summary I assumed he used sensors and some sort of AI to do this while he wasn't there, now that's something I could get behind, shit getting done while I'm gone.
Which leads me to wonder, why don't we have robots doing this sort of thing on a large scale?
Define the dimensions of the hole you want excavated and let them do the work in a tireless, efficient manner.
Leave one guy on site to make sure nothing goes wrong.

Seven Years... (1)

Krokus (88121) | more than 2 years ago | (#39071855)

I am *so* not looking forward to retirement.

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