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These Robots Follow You to learn Where to go

AMAZON DEBUTED its house robot Astro earlier this year to demonstrate the robot trailing after a person. It's a simple concept that has captivated people's minds in science fiction.

By hashan tagariPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

AMAZON DEBUTED its house robot Astro earlier this year to demonstrate the robot trailing after a person. It's a simple concept that has captivated people's minds in science fiction.

What are they used for?

The robots have been used for silly tasks like carrying a single bottle of water, but they may also be used to transport equipment in a warehouse or freshly gathered fruit from an orchard to a packaging station. Artificially intelligent robots that are trained to follow humans or other machines have the potential to change the way we think about commonplace items like carry-on luggage or a set of golf equipment. Follower robot creators now seek to coordinate movement in the modern workplace.

History of followers robots?

Since the late 1990s, follower robots have been under research, starting on the ground and progressing underwater and into the skies. Initially, AI navigated by "seeing" the environment via cameras and other sensors, but improvements in deep learning and analytics tools today allow AI to navigate by "seeing" the world via cameras and other sensors.

Mechanism of the amazon followers robots?

Burro offers what appears to be a self-driving pallet on the body of a four-wheel ATV that can drive freely through the rows of California fruit trees in farm areas.

To train a Burro robot, just hit the Follow button and begin walking; when you reach the end of the path, press the button again. Burro follows you and memorizes the way by using 20 cameras, computer vision, and GPS. It can then transport things without assistance and relay the route to other Burro robots.

Burro robots Features and capabilities

A Burro can handle up to 1,000 pounds and weights up to 500 pounds. Table grape farmers use Burros to move the fruit from vineyard workers to those putting the items in clamshells before putting them on trucks for distribution to grocery shops.

After three years of testing, around 100 Burro robots are already in use in southern California vineyards. With the support of $10 million in additional investment finalized this autumn, the business intends to treble that number.

Burro CEO Charlie Andersen claims that the robots have worked approximately 50,000 hours in blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and grape fields, as well as plant nurseries, over the last five years.

Future of Burro robots

Some of the extra funds will be used to develop software to address the technological difficulty of handling hundreds of rovers in the field. Burro also integrates Bloomfield Robotics technology, which combines computer vision and AI to anticipate grape harvests and monitor crops for disease or fungus. Burro's long-term goal is to create a platform for predictive AI and machine learning in fruit and nut orchards and vineyards.

Burro is also experimenting with connecting robotic arms to its pallets to cut grapes off vines, allowing a robot to harvest, trim, and de-leaf farms. "We grip and clip, but we don't do post-gripping trimming, which is enormously difficult and we don't think will be practical in commercial settings in the near term," Andersen adds.

Computer vision is being used more and more by fruit and nut farmers. Tastry, for example, uses AI to look for grape combos that can mask smoky flavours at wildfire-damaged vineyards, and a cross-disciplinary team of biologists and AI researchers working with the US Agriculture department is looking for ways to protect vineyards from fungus that can ruin a crop.

Walt Duflock works on a 10,000-acre farm in Monterey County, California, that raises cattle, table grapes, and other commodities. He is also the vice president of innovation for the Western Growers Association, a farmer-led organisation that represents half of all fruit, vegetable, and nut-growing enterprises in the United States.

Duflock originally met the creators of Burro while acting as a mentor for the Thrive agricultural startup accelerator. He believes that technology is required to overcome manpower shortages in agriculture, notably harvesting. He believes that in the long run, robots like Burro can eliminate up to 20% of farm work.

The labour issue is especially acute on fruit and tree nut fields, where labour is estimated to absorb 30% of gross income, 3 times the 10% average for all farmlands, according to the Agriculture Department.


About the Creator

hashan tagari

I am a blogger. Love to write Content on new technology, the latest tech news, gaming, gadgets review, and android. I also love to write about pets, health, business, finance, and the latest tips and tricks.

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