Whether you’re a farmer looking to expand the crops you depend on for a living or a hobby gardener trying to control your tomatoes, weeds can be a problem. time consuming and nonstop. Startup Carbon Robotics has crafted an automated machine that has these obnoxious plants in its cross hairs, using a combination of computer vision and high-powered lasers to brush fields and remove thousands of weeds per hour.
Advances in robotics have opened up a number of interesting possibilities in the field of weed control, where traditional solutions including heavy manual labor or the use of chemicals can be expensive and carry environmental risks. By equipping automated machines with the equipment and know-how needed to find invasive, unwanted plants, it is hoped that much of the process can be automated, helping plants. be healthy and the farmer has more money and time.
We have seen how this method can be used to subtly heat water in weed cells to suppress their growth with low-power lasers, which use “lightning” for heating. Boil them from the inside out or take them out by hitting them with an organic grit bullet.
For its solution, Carbon Robotics built a 9,500 lb (4,300 kg) four-wheeled robot that uses GPS and computer vision to traverse crops in search of weeds. It relies on an onboard supercomputer and high-resolution cameras to identify unwanted crops, then eight 150 W lasers work simultaneously to destroy them with thermal energy by targeting target their meristems, at a rate of more than 100,000 plants per hour.
The machine is fully diesel-powered and can operate around the clock, covering an area of 15 to 20 acres (6 to 8 hectares) per day, while its laser keeps the surrounding soil free from disturbance. mix to preserve its microorganisms. The company thinks that Autonomous Weeder is an economical solution to improve crop yields, especially for organic growers and those adopting regenerative farming methods to ensure long-term soil health. their.
“AI and deep learning technologies are making effects across many different industries, and we’re excited to apply it to agriculture,” said Carbon Robotics CEO and Founder, Paul Mikesell. “Farmers and others in the global food supply chain are innovating more than ever to keep the world fed. Our goal at Carbon Robotics is to create tools that tackle their most challenging problems, including weed management and removal. “
Carbon Robotics has been developing and testing beta version of its herbicide robot since 2018 with the help of farmers and has sold out the 2021 models, although pre-orders are now open for the line. 2022.
You can watch the promotional video below.
The Autonomous Weeder – Laser weed removal
Source: Carbon Robotics