Ambit Robotics: Automated crop spraying for Southeast Asia's smallholder farmers

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Small, affordable crop-spraying robots can help farmers save on labor costs and protect humans from exposure to harmful chemicals

Robots are increasingly used in agriculture, but they remain out of reach for many smallholder farmers. Australian startup Ambit Robotics wants to change that, starting with a crop-spraying robot developed specially for Southeast Asian farms.Using an Android app, a farmer or crop-spraying worker can drive the Ambit robot around a plot of farmland, marking out the spraying area in its GPS system. In the process, the robot uses laser-based sensors to detect the rows of crops and the empty lanes between them. Finally, the robot automatically moves between rows to spray its pesticide payload.Seeki...
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