After every sprint I have started getting in the habit of doing a cleanup. The last cleanup yielded some interesting pieces of equipment my ancestors used to do similar tasks performed by the tech on board the Pee Dee Agbot. The Pee Dee agbot is being constructed on land which was the county experimental farm in the early 1900’s. Some of the technology from yesteryear is still laying around.
A navigation piece a single axis compass which has been supplanted by a 3 axis magnetometer.
Before cell phones CB radios with a very long antenna was a preferred method of long range communication.
Mass sensing was certainly slower using a balance rather than strain gauges tied to load cells.
Taking a picture was very laborious. This portable field camera, which is older than 1948, was used for extension work.