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'Farms Are Going to Need Different Kinds of Robots'

By BBC News

March 1, 2021

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Farmers worldwide are using new precision-farming technologies to address agricultural issues, ranging from autonomous harvesting robots to crop-spraying drones to artificial intelligence.

For example, Irish company Moocall makes a smartphone-linked sensor that fits to the tail of a pregnant cow, which sends texts to the farmer when calving is imminent.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)'s Girish Chowdhary believes largely autonomous farms are close to reality, and UIUC's Distributed Autonomous Systems Laboratory is testing many emerging technologies, including crop-monitoring robots.

Chowdhary envisions farms using different kinds of robots, with an autonomous system coordinating their various operations.

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