Robots for a sustainable future

Climate change is one of the greatest issues facing the world today. With temperatures rising to their highest point in 4,000 years due to human activity and monthly average carbon dioxide levels exce...
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Ladybird, with James Underwood

Transcript below. In this episode, Ron Vanderkley interviews James Underwood from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. Underwood discusses his work on an autonomous vegetable harvesting ...
21 May 2016, by

Protecting European wine: Vinbot rover optimises harvest and quality

by Fintan Burke With warmer winters and drier summers, climate change might even be having an effect on your favourite bottle of wine. Winemakers are already witnessing changes. In...
13 May 2016, by

Farming with robots

Farmers are increasingly under pressure to feed more people. The UN predicts that the world population will rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050. This growing population has become picki...
04 May 2016, by

Showcasing New Zealand AgTech: Bringing automation and robotics to the farm

New Zealand’s government innovation agency Callaghan Innovations and Silicon Valley’s innovation non-profit SVForum organized Transforming AgTech, an event bringing together New Zealand and US a...
27 April 2016, by and

10 strategies for bringing agricultural expertise to robotics startups

No agricultural robotics startup will be successful without a strong connection to the farm. And here are 10 strategies for creating that connection I’ve seen succeed. Thanks to the great panel a...
26 April 2016, by and

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Interview: The team behind the apple harvesting robot

By: Chris Bogdon Amir Degani is an assistant professor at Technion Institute of Technology and Avi Kahnani is the CEO and Co-Founder of Israeli robotics start-up Fresh Fruits Robotics. Together, they...
08 March 2016, by

Using drones in wine making

In 2014, viticulturist William Metz was granted a fellowship by the Villa d’Este Wine Symposium to spend a full year evaluating the potential applications of drones in wine making — a project t...
28 December 2015, by

Yamaha RMAX crop sprayer gets full FAA approval

The FAA granted Yamaha Motor Corporation an Agricultural Aircraft Operations certificate for their RMAX crop spraying remotely piloted helicopters....
21 December 2015, by



Towards Automating Fieldwork, with Hans-Peter Grothaus

Transcript included. In this episode, Per Sjöborg talks to Hans-Peter Grothaus, from CLAAS, about automation in agriculture....
10 July 2015, by

As Google cars roll out, Deere reminds us of its thousands of self-driving tractors

Google is putting 25 new self-driving cars onto the streets of Mountain View, California, but agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere reminds us that it already has tens of thousands of self-dr...
28 June 2015, by

Drought and desertification: How robots might help

Groundwater levels in California's Central Valley are down to historic lows and reservoirs have been depleted following four consecutive years of severe drought in the state. California is set to i...
17 April 2015, by

2 agricultural robotics projects funded under latest Horizon 2020

On January 13 the EU announced its list of robotics projects funded under Horizon 2020, the EU funding program for research and innovation. Agriculture is one of four “priority domains” for robot...
27 January 2015, by

Agricultural technology making news

My article Are agricultural robots ready? was widely read last month. Now there are two new in-depth articles on the subject by the NY Times and San Jose Mercury News. All are informative and worth y...
02 December 2014, by

Are agricultural robots ready? 27 companies profiled

Agriculture is one of our most important industries. It provides food, feed and fuel necessary for our survival. With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production...
12 November 2014, by

Harvesting Robots for High-value Crops | Journal of Field Robotics

“This review article analyzes state-of-the-art and future perspectives for harvesting robots in high-value crops. The objectives were to characterize the crop environment relevant for robotic harves...
14 July 2014, by

University students developing robotic gardening technology | NASA

As astronauts explore beyond Earth, they will need to make their habitat as self-sustaining as possible. This includes growing fruits and vegetables.Source:
12 July 2014, by

Will agricultural robots arrive in time to keep fruit and vegetable costs down?

Grape pickers migrate from field to field in northern Mexico and California. Photo credit: Tomas Castelazo (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons. 77% of all agricultural workers in the US are foreign bor...
11 July 2014, by

Migration from Mexico to U.S. is tapering off. How does this impact farmers?

A recent newsletter from Harvest Automation, the start-up company that produces robots that move potted plants at nurseries and greenhouses, cites two very revealing trends regarding migrant workers....
26 June 2014, by

ROS meets precision agriculture at Blue River Technology

If you were to design the worst possible environment for software engineering, the cramped jump seat of a John Deere tractor would be a contender. The sound and vibration of the engine makes conversat...



Zero Tillage Robotics, with Peter Corke

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Peter Corke from Queensland University of Technology, about the fast-tracking research that will see robots planting, weeding, maintaining and har...
02 May 2014, by

Urban vegetable garden system with LED lighting

Keystone Technology's LED vegetable garden system is a cultivation system for indoor plant factories that uses LED lighting instead of sunlight. The most defining feature of the system on display at t...
10 March 2014, by

Agricultural robot market anticipated to reach $16.3 billion by 2020

In a new $7,800 report by Wintergreen Research, significant growth is anticipated over the remainder of this decade in every aspect of farming, milking, food production and animal control....
01 February 2014, by

From the Greenhouse to the Fields, with David Dorhout

Link to audio file (27:16) In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with David Dorhout from Iowa State University about his Agricultural Robots that include Prospero the robot farmer and Aquarius the g...
15 November 2013, by

UAV innovation is in the Cloud; 3 precision Ag innovations to watch for in 2014

Did you know that the world’s population is set to increase from seven billion people to more than nine billion in the next 40 years? In order to meet this growing demand, agricultural producers wil...
12 November 2013, by

From precision farming to autonomous farming: How commodity technologies enable revolutionary impact

The popular conception of farming as low-tech is woefully out of date. Modern farmers are high-tech operators: They use GIS software to plan their fields, GPS to guide field operations, and auto-steer...
11 November 2013, by

Air, water, energy and food in a nutshell: Space exploration as driver for sustainable robotic agriculture

University of Colorado's robotic plant growth is demonstrated at the Kennedy Space Center. Source: NASA. Targeting a sustainable presence of humans in outer space will require solving air, water, ...
04 November 2013, by

Blue River Technology, with Jorge Heraud

Link to audio file (31:48) In this episode Sabine Hauert speaks with Jorge Heraud, CEO of California-based startup Blue River Technology which brings together computer vision and robotics to auto...
03 November 2013, by

Down on the farm with drones

Photo credit: Patrick Egan. There are bushels of folks out there now spending money and putting time in finding niches for unmanned systems that already exist. You may be saying, isn’t that what we...
29 October 2013, by

Lay of the land: Unmanned systems coming to commercial agriculture

Yamaha is testing spraying vineyards in Napa Valley through a COA with the FAA. Photo courtesy Yamaha Corp. With the global market for unmanned systems in agriculture on the rise, companies that ma...
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