Farmers Can Get Rid of Over 100,000 Weeds per Hour With This Hi-Tech Laser Robot

Autonomous Weeder robot from Carbon Robotics 6 photos
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Carbon Robotics built a four-wheel state-of-the-art robot that makes farming more fun and weed control easy. The Weeder is packed with GPS, high-resolution cameras, lasers, and a supercomputer and can kill more than 100,000 weeds per hour.
Robotics has evolved tremendously over the years and robots can now assist us in our most various activities, including farming. Seattle-based manufacturer Carbon Robotics has revolutionized agriculture with the launch of its Autonomous Weeder robot.

The hi-tech machine can help farmers reduce manual labor costs and increase the quality of their crops. The Weeder is a much more eco-friendly approach to traditional herbicides and chemicals that spoil the soil and are also harmful to people and animals.

The bot is a four-wheeler that runs on diesel and weighs 9,500 lb (4,309 kg). It has a 75-gallon fuel capacity, it is fully autonomous and can run around the clock, at 5 mph (8 kph). The Weeder uses powerful 150 W lasers to destroy over 100,000 undesirable weeds per hour and it can cover 15-20 acres (approximately 6 to 8 ha) per day. Its lasers have a 3mm (0.11 in) accuracy.

This technological marvel uses artificial intelligence-powered by NVIDIA and will only target and destroy invasive, unuseful plants while avoiding the crops.

"We use a similar technology to what Facebook might use to show you that the person in your photograph is your cousin, or that self-driving cars use to locate pedestrians or lanes on the highway and repurposed it for weeding", explained CEO Paul Mikesell, quoted by AFN.

The Weeder is packed with 12 high-resolution cameras and uses GPS and its computer vision guidance system to scour the fields. It also has sensors that help it detect obstacles.

The Autonomous Weeder has been a colossal success and all the 2021 models are sold out, but customers can now pre-order 2022 models.

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