Next-Gen Smart Flying Robots To Transform Agriculture

Vijay Kumar, the dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering & Applied Science projected during a TED Talk earlier this year that flying robot advances could soon completely revolutionise agriculture, decreasing input requirements like water by up to 25% and improving yields by around 10% through Precision Farming.

What Is Precision Farming?

Precision Farming is the idea of flying airborne robots over orchards to essentially map them out, creating a precision model which informs farmers as to exactly what each specific plant needs in regards to fertiliser, water and pesticide.

How Do These Intelligent Flying Robots Work?

These autonomous flying robots are not related to the commercially purchasable drones available on the market today. These state-of-the-art bots aren’t equipped with GPS, instead they rely on on-board sensors, laser scanners and cameras to navigate their environment and establish their position by scanning their surroundings and using a method of triangulation to pin-point where they are. The bots then put together a map of their environment so they can travel safely, avoiding obstacles.

2 Critical Benefits Of Such Technology

A Closer Look

These flying machines allow users/farmers to do various things including:

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