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Google’s crop-inspecting robots

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Google’s parent company, Alphabet, unveiled robots in order to help farmers to improve crop yields by inspecting individual plants.

The robots are still at the prototype stage. The scanner is attached on pillars, similar to a gate, so that plants will not get damaged as they coast over. This project is called “Project Mineral” and their main aim is to create world-changing technology. The crops robot is designed to monitor the plant’s growth and their response to their environment, along with how much nutrition needed, plant height, leaf area and fruit size.

Elliott Grant, the project leader, stated that they are hoping to create better tools in order to transform the agriculture industry and how to find a sustainable alternative in growing crops in order to tackle the world’s increasing need for food.

Project Mineral was already working with farmers in the US, Canada, Argentina and South Africa, however, there is no set date or plan to release the robot as a commercial product.

Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash

News credit: BBC

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