29 Mar '16, 11pm

Fastest growing robotics sector? Agriculture

Video, above: Typically, 4-6 cores or at best, 10-12 cores are pulled at inconsistent distances, angles, and depths and simply cannot reap the quality sample that today's growers requires to get the results promised by today's precision agriculture technologies. Typically four to six cores are pulled by hand at inconsistent depths & angles from the center of a grid, covering only 30 feet. Mechanical soil sampling methods pull cores more consistently but still typically only deliver 6 to 12 cores pulled from a small area. There is just no comparison between a hand or mechanized sampling and AutoProbe. (Source: AgroRobotics) Much of industry—especially the automotive—has already been automated with robotic arms of all variety. However the agricultural robotic needs are much more complicated that mere arms can provide. Furthermore, the tradition farm implement makers—such as ...

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