The hottest robot is widely used in agriculture

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Robots are widely used in the field of agriculture

(article source: robot internal reference)

with the support of the Agricultural Association, American agricultural robots have achieved great results in recent years. Recently, farmwise, a California start-up, said that robot technology and machine learning will make crops more delicious and healthy. The company hopes to use robot technology and artificial intelligence to make agriculture more sustainable and delicious. This explanation has been wildly called by investors, which also made the company raise $14.5 million in the latest round of financing, and plans to deploy its first batch of commercial robots in 2020, of which more than 10 machines will serve farmers in the Salinas Valley

at first glance, these crops look no different from other crops that cover the Salinas Valley in California, but broccoli is often called the salad bowl of the United States. In agricultural areas, we can only see rows of lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower, extending to the horizon, but then you can see the emergence of large orange robots

this robot is not strange. They have appeared in many previous reports. These machines will perform agricultural search and destruction tasks. Their target is weeds. They are equipped with wheels like tractors, a series of cameras and environmental sensors. They can automatically drive agricultural product sensors up and down to find any possible invaders of green leaves, but they do not spray herbicides, Instead, a retractable head is deployed, which can quickly attack and accurately kill weeds

The person in charge of farmwise said that although its robot has been optimized for weeding at present, more designs will be made in the future. Our goal is to become a general agricultural platform, said Sebastian Boyer, co-founder and CEO. We hope to automate almost all tasks from sowing to harvesting, so as to better serve agriculture

automation is not new to agriculture. At present, in the United States, it can be found that wheeled harvesters are becoming more and more automated, and farmers have been using drones to monitor crops from above for a long time. At present, robots under development have begun to be more subdivided into certain agricultural varieties in each agricultural field, such as fruits and vegetables, apples, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, grapes, cucumbers, asparagus. Recently, many robot companies have turned their attention to ways to improve crop quality or yield per unit area. This new idea has also ushered in new development opportunities for some companies

rian Whitton, a senior analyst at ABI research in London, said that agricultural robots are still an emerging market, but it will grow significantly in the next 10 years. A ways to achieve building energy conservation Bi predicts that by 2030, the annual shipment of mobile robots for agriculture will exceed 100000 units worldwide, 100 times the current deployment. Compared with the millions of tractors and other agricultural vehicles sold every year, this number is still small, but Whitton points out that the demand for automation may accelerate due to labor shortages in many parts of the world. The pressure in the agricultural market and the political and commercial returns will also make more capital companies willing to consider accepting the project in a Japanese community

farmwise's AI driven robot drives automatically through crops. Farmwise plans to deploy its first commercial robots in the in-plane shear valley of Salinas mountain graphene in California. Farmwise said that it has worked closely with farmers to understand their needs and develop robots based on their feedback

so how do they work? Boyer was not prepared to disclose details about the company's technology, but he said the machines operated in three steps. First, the sensor array captures images and other relevant data about crops, and stores the information on the onboard computer and cloud server. The second step is the decision-making process, in which a special deep learning algorithm is used to analyze the data. The trained algorithm can detect the plants in the image, and then the robot combines the output value with GPS and other position data to accurately identify each plant. At the same time, the robot also trained another algorithm to determine whether the plant is a crop or a weed. The last step is the physical operations performed by the machine on the crops, such as the deployment of weeding

Whitton, an ABI analyst, said it made sense to take weeding as the initial application. He said: reducing pesticide consumption may save billions of dollars, which is a direct and affordable benefit for farmers, and paying attention to environmental protection is also a fashionable use case in the United States. However, he added that the commercial success of agricultural automation start-ups will depend on whether they can expand their services to perform more agricultural tasks and operate in various regions and climates. Farmwise already has more and more competitors. Deepfield robotics is a derivative product of the German enterprise group Robert Bosch. At present, it is also testing a autonomous vehicle, which flushes weeds into the ground through high pressure to kill the latest document No. 046 issued by the Ministry of housing and urban rural development

The head of farmwise said that they recently completed the redesign of the robot. The new version is more suitable for withstanding the harsh conditions often encountered in the wild, including soil, dust and water. The company is now preparing to deploy its robot fleet in California and eventually in other parts of the United States and abroad to expand its workforce. Boyer believes that one day, farms around the world will be full of robots, and they will grow the best broccoli you have ever tasted

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