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It sure beats a backpack weed sprayer

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Very cool news on the farming weedspraying front.

Farming robot kills 100,000 weeds per hour with lasers

Carbon Robotics has unveiled the third-generation of its Autonomous Weeder, a smart farming robot that identifies weeds and then destroys them with high-power lasers.

As it drives itself down rows of crops, its 12 cameras scan the ground. An onboard computer, powered by AI, identifies weeds, and the robot’s carbon dioxide lasers then zap and kill the plants.

The Autonomous Weeder can eliminate more than 100,000 weeds per hour and weed 15 to 20 acres of crops in one day — for comparison, Myers said a laborer can weed about one acre of his onions per day.

A robot!

With lasers!

Shit, it doesn’t get any better than that and this is the 21st century after all. I’m sure it can be adapted to work the slightly more random world of the average Kiwi sheep, cattle and dairy farm.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 1, 2021 at 12:14 pm

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  1. Do they have one which scans the crowd in Queen St and zaps Labour voters? All it needs is scanner which measures brain size.


    December 1, 2021 at 12:44 pm

  2. I’ve seen the mechanical version of this thing, where the crops need to be planted in rows and then the robot weeder is about to roughly weed down the rows, but this is next level. Heebee jeebee!

    Lucia Maria

    December 1, 2021 at 12:49 pm

  3. We have 10 seconds work for it but I don’t think it will fit on our section. Bugger.


    December 1, 2021 at 1:22 pm

  4. I can see our University Marxists salivating at the potential of the next generation of cute clever robots:


    December 3, 2021 at 6:10 pm

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