12 Sep '17, 10pm

Bosch's Giant Robot Can Punch Weeds to Death - and they can scale up to really big weeds…

Bosch's Giant Robot Can Punch Weeds to Death - and they can scale up to really big weeds…

At IROS last month , researchers from a Bosch startup called Deepfield Robotics presented a paper on “Vision-Based High-Speed Manipulation for Robotic Ultra-Precise Weed Control,” which has like four distinct exciting-sounding phrases in it. We wanted to write about it immediately, but Deepfield asked us to hold off a bit until their fancy new website went live, which it now has. This means that we can show you video of their enormous agricultural robot that can autonomously detect and physically obliterate individual weeds in a tenth of a second. Image: Deepfield Robotics Given the scale of farming today, treating weeds chemically is really the only practical way for humans to keep them under control, because you can use tractors or airplanes to cover large areas in a short amount of time. But all of those necessarily deadly (to weeds) chemicals then get on the plants we ...

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