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Robotics | IoT

Mamut mobile robot automates data collection for farmers

Agriculture is a $5 trillion industry, and it’s ripe for automation. Cambridge Consultants today announced Mamut, an autonomous robot that explores crop fields, capturing data on health and yield at the level of individual plants and on a massive scale. By automating data capture, Mamut gives growers regular, precise and actionable information on their crops, enabling…

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Aerobotics Raises $2M Series A for Precision Agriculture Platform

South African agtech company Aerobotics has closed a $2 million Series A. The data analytics company uses drones and machine learning algorithms to help farmers identify pest and disease early. After receiving $602,000 in seed funding last August, Aerobotics has added new investors to continue its growth. Leading the pack is the VC branch of one of…

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Autonomous vineyard tractors ready to help growers

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) technology will be used in two pilot programs with large scale commercial growers in California. A partnership agreement has been announced between ASI, New Holland Agriculture, and E. & J. Gallo Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the world, to operate the autonomous vehicles in their vineyard operations. Similarly, there has…

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Research arrows are up with one common thread: digital data

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga said that “data is the new oil.” Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank, says that artificial intelligence combined with data gathered by billions of sensors is bringing on an information revolution. Manufacturers everywhere are changing – some, with government assistance – because of new technologies, new competitors, new ecosystems, and new ways…

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Robotics to mainstream at MD&M West (ATX West) 2018

This year’s MD&M (and ATX) West is dominated by a common theme of automating and robotizing an array of new manufacturing, semiconductor, and medical end uses. Earlier this week we blogged at motioncontroltips.com about how that relates to the application of motion-control and power-transmission technologies; today we profile robotics we’ve seen at the show. ATI Industrial…

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30+2 research reports forecast significant growth for robot industry

Press releases for this batch of 30 research reports all agree that most segments of the robotics industry are expected to grow at a double-digit pace at least through 2022. Although these reports vary widely in their forecasts – often on the same topic, they all seem to agree that the global robotics industry is growing…

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FarmBot reduces manufacturing complexities to meet growing demand for micro-farming

The influence of today’s on-demand economy has uprooted traditional food production processes. No longer are environmentally conscious consumers content with purchasing items from large distributors or supermarkets. Instead, consumer pressure to track food from farm to fork has led to fully traceable food production and micro farming. Seeking to influence the next generation of food…

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Israeli robotics firm FFRobotics aims to release robotic apple picker by next year

Israeli robotics company FFRobotics is aiming to release a robotic apple picker to the market by the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019, according to a CapitalPress report. The robotic apple picking platform aims to address a shortening supply of human pickers in fruit producing areas, according to the report. CEO Avi Kahani…

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Experimental UK robotic farm completes 1st autonomous harvest

The Hands Free Hectare experimental robotic farm has completed its 1st autonomous harvest without any human labor, according to a LiveScience report. The farm, which is run by researchers at Harper Adams University, harvested approximately 5 tons of spring barley. Every step in the process, including sowing, fertilizing, collecting samples and harvesting, was completed by…

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New Penn State engineering faculty to strengthen robotics research in agriculture

Two new faculty members in Penn State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering will advance research and academics in agricultural engineering and technologies. The addition of Daeun Choi and Long He fulfills a priority of the department to strengthen research that supports mechatronics, robotics, automation, precision agriculture and unmanned aerial vehicles, according to Paul Heinemann,…

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