Illustration of the synergy obtained by combining the commercial remote controlled Spider (top left) with the autonomous AgRobot research platform (top left) from The Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Agricultural Engineering. The vision is the Spider mounted with the HortiBot accessory kit, which transform it into a tool carrier for high-tech weeding for example of organic grown onions (middle). The bottom picture shows the delivery from this project -- a robust and simple tool carrier of e.g. a laser weeding tool for the outdoor gardener. (Source: http://www.hortibot.dk/)
Very interesting article. I think robots will be used more and more for agricultural applications as time goes on.
One important thing to consider is the economic costs/benefits of using robots. Farming typically has low profit margins and the use of any expensive equipment (including robots) must be economically justified by the farmer. If the costs are low, then robotic farming would make sense.
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Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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