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Robot Kills Weeds on Farms With 98% Accuracy

18th October 2012

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The company is developing an alternative to chemical-intensive agriculture, which is both expensive and hazardous to the environment. With advanced computer vision techniques for identifying weeds and selectively killing unwanted plants, Blue River Technology’s equipment is much faster and more efficient than traditional methods of weed killing. Known as “Lettuce-bot”, this machine is particularly well-suited to organic agriculture and fields with chemical-resistant weeds.

During tests, this automated system gathered over a million images as it moved through the fields. Its Computer Vision System was able to detect and segment individual plants – even those that were touching each other – with 98% accuracy.

We almost have the technology.

One Response to “Robot Kills Weeds on Farms With 98% Accuracy”

  1. Dennis Nagle Says:

    It’ll never replace a good hoe.