28 Sep '12, 8pm

Meet Wall-Ye the #robot: the next big thing on the vineyard @DesignNews

A new robot may soon have a hand in tending to the grapes it takes to make that glass of wine you might enjoy with dinner. The invention of Guy Julien and Christophe Millot, Wall-Ye V.I.N. stands 20 inches tall, travels on four wheels like a mini-tractor, and has two mechanical arms, the ends of which can accommodate a number of tools. It can handle manual tasks such as pruning vines and de-suckering grapes -- both of which take a considerable amount of time and effort. Vineyard owners and managers can program Wall-Ye's artificial intelligence to perform these and other tasks, including the collection of monitoring of information about plant health and the soil in which the vines are growing, according to its inventors. The Wall-Ye robot, the invention of Guy Julien and Christophe Millot, can travel freely around a vineyard and collect and record information about vines, i...

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