26 Jun '13, 9am

Robotic hamster ball helps farmers monitor soil conditions

Robotic hamster ball helps farmers monitor soil conditions

Novel approach to data collection A team from the Robotics and Cybernetics Research Group (Technical University of Madrid) has taken a rather curious outside-the-box and inside-a-ball approach to creating a better, more effective method for farmers to collect data on the soil conditions of their land. Their solution? A hamster ball.  Naturally, this is no ordinary critter carrier — in place of the tiny pet is a small group of electronics that control the direction of the ball while also acting as a swinging weight that propels the ball forward.  Internal components of the new Rosphere. The group refers to the technology as the “Rosphere” and it was born from the need for a robotic data collection service that could easily traverse uneven terrain. Robots in the past, both with wheels as well as those with legs, have had difficulty navigating this sort of land, wha...

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