Vision-Based High-Speed Manipulation for Robotic Ultra-Precise Weed Control

A robotic gardener on wheels

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Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

IEEE Spectrum brings to attention BoniRob, a mechanical creation by Deepfield Robotics that is basically a robotic gardener on wheels capable of rooting out (literally) weeds — among other things.

BoniRob can navigate itself, adapting to many different field configurations. Its modular payload bay can handle up to 150 kilograms of stuff, and an onboard generator lets it run autonomously for 24 hours without needing to refuel. It’s powered by ROS, and Deepfield even suggests that you could use it for crazy stuff like drone launches or even swarms of mini-BoniRobs, because why not [right].

The idea here is that farms could buy one BoniRob, and then buy or rent whatever modules they happened to need when they need them, without having to invest in many single-task robots. [...]

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