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Robotic Weed Sprayer

Posted 9 May 2003 at 20:22 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

Scientists and engineers at the University of California, Davis are testing a robotic weed killer. This robotic weed killer is pulled behind a tractor through crop fields. A video camera is positioned forward on the robot to scan for and locate weeds by differentiating the good plants from the bad. The robot then sprays herbicides on the weeds it finds via little needle sprayers without harming the cash crop. This saves the backs of farm workers and is a cool way to get rid of weeds. I think I need one for my yard!

Other Robot Weed Killer news to peruse: Contra Costa Times, Another SacBee article with Pictures, News Observer, Vision-Guided Mechanical Weed Control.


All in One Yard Maintenance Robot, posted 9 May 2003 at 20:44 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

I want a robot that has it all in one: a lawn mower, edger a weed finder and sprayer, and fertilizer. Why not throw in waterer and aerator and bug killer. Of course it will be so heavy that it will mash all my grass so I guess it will have to be an flying UAV. And, not asking too much am I, but could it be made for under $100? While we at it, could it go bring in the mail too without tracking in the grass? :-) But really it would be cool to have a robotic lawn mower and weed killer.

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