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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Service Robots
Ann R. Thryft   3/20/2013 5:02:01 PM
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From what I've read, the use of Roomba-type service robots isn't very common here in the US, but it's really common in Asian countries.

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Re: Interesting research
Ann R. Thryft   2/25/2013 5:23:17 PM
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Elizabeth, if we put together the farm robots I've covered with the farm robots you've covered, I can easily visualize entirely automated farming operations.

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Re: Service Robots
Ann R. Thryft   2/25/2013 5:21:18 PM
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Al, you're welcome. And thanks to you for covering the design and components end so well.

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Service Robots
apresher   2/25/2013 1:53:19 PM
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Ann,  Thanks for the links to the slide shows.  I continue to be amaze at the volume of new robotic solutions that are being developed.  And also the way that they are integrating technology beyond the robotic platform itself.  Thanks again.

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Re: Interesting research
Ann R. Thryft   2/19/2013 3:14:27 PM
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Robotic vehicles are used on the farm and in the military. We showed a robotic farm vehicle here

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=254000&image_number=10

as well as several autonomous military vehicles in this slideshow:

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=256841

some of which can also be used for farming tasks.

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Re: Interesting research
Ann R. Thryft   2/19/2013 3:13:44 PM
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Chuck, these are worldwide figures. Graphs showing geographic distribution weren't included in the executive summary, but I'd bet the vast majority of those domestic 'bots are being sold in Asia, and to a lesser extent in Europe.

 

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Elizabeth M   2/19/2013 5:32:37 AM
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That's really incredible, naperlou. I did not know how sophisticated tractor technology had become with GPS, the ability to gather and access real-time info and even lasers! I wonder how far off a completely robotic and automated farm is, without the need for anyone in the fields or on the land to do the job that humans traditionally have done?

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apresher   2/15/2013 11:07:55 AM
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Naperlou, Your understanding of farmers using GPS technology to automatically cultivate fields is my understanding as well, but the driver is along for the ride. Thanks for your insights.

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naperlou   2/15/2013 10:58:18 AM
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Elizaabeth, the tractors really do drive themselves.  They could run without a driver.  The people I know sit in the tractor and the main reasin is liability.  If something went wrong, they are there to take over.  It is a lot like the Space Shuttle. 

The tractors use GPS for guidance.  There are some that might use lasers.  During harvest, the combines provide real time yield information.  This is fed into a program that determines what to do at each point in the field.  This could involve seed or fertilizer, for example.  After last year's drought, the farmer may use drought resistant seed varieties in those areas that did not do well.  This, of course, saves money since the drought resistant varieties are more expensive.  It is the same with fertilizer.  It not only saves money, it is better for the land. 

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Service Robots
apresher   2/15/2013 9:37:16 AM
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I can see where many consumers might try a home robot, something like a Roomba, for a time period but then it ends up in the closet.

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