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Farm to Tablet: New Apps Show Technology's Potential in Rural America

August 18, 2014 By Mitchell Kirk, McClatchy News Service

The leader of a local tech start-up doesn’t hail from MIT or Silicon Valley, but a farm in Carroll County, Ind.

Several of Neil Mylet’s innovations set out to make work safer and easier, a practice that requires not only the recruitment of the necessary knowledge, but the patience to see it through. His goals also extend from people’s jobs, where he hopes to use technology to improve other parts of life through education and inspiration.

One of the 29-year-old’s accomplishments is the YellowBox App, which allows the user to operate a material-handling facility like a grain bin from a wireless device with a swipe of their finger and watch a video feed of the material being distributed.

While it’s easy to use, the same cannot be said of the app’s development, which started with the help of computer programming students Mylet recruited while enrolled at Purdue University. For many of its components, technology had to catch up with Mylet’s ideas, several of which he dreamed up doing laps in a tractor on the 5,000-acre corn and soybean farm that’s been in the family for more than 150 years.

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