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loose thousands of small predators into an environment is no different
then how the cane toad problem of Australia started. Plus, you're
the genetic diversity of the naturally occurring members of the same
species. Genetically engineering crops to make them more resistant to
does not stop the dumping of toxins into the environment. It just
them to use more herbicides to make sure they kill all the other
The problem with that is these toxins often mimic hormones that can
affect us and especially children. We need to have someone physically
go in and pull the weeds and squash
the harmful insects, while leaving the good ones alone. Robots are the
only solution. I may be doing Computer Engineering but my fist love is
biology. I really wanted to be a biologist but I realized long ago
that there are not enough engineers who are environmentally sensitive
Travels at a speed of one km per hour.
One robot can inspect three acres per day.
Inspects 100 acres of crops per month.
Re-uses old computer processors.
One centralized computer will control several smaller "dumb" robots.
Frames will be processed at a rate of two frames per second.
A centralized computer will control several smaller dumb robots. (Unless it is found that it is more energy efficient to make them more independent, but still reasonable in price. More complex processors are generally more thermally unstable. So, on a hot summer day you could have problems.) This will allow the actual robots to be more energy efficient and cheaper to build. Vision recognition will be used to identify the "good" insect from the "bad" insects. Allowing the good ones to remain around and take care of what they are best at. I.E. the bees pollinating, the worms recycling organic material and aerating the soil, the lady beetles eating some of the not so good insects, etc... Solar energy will be used for both recharging batteries and as a supplemental power supply. Will also design the central computer station to be run off of solar power. Looking for a battery that is ideal for the highest recycle ability.
of using a communication system at 2.4 Gigahertz for the carrier wave.
It appears to be a feasible method that might allow a central computer
do the image processing. Initial calculations put the power requirement
to be a minimum of 7.3 milliwatts. My calculations will be shown here
later date. Naturally, we will probably use a minimum of 1 to 5
to ensure a higher quality for the data transmission due to noise and
Testing needs to be done; however at least we know from a power point
that the robot could transmit the images quickly enough for processing.
The images will not be in a video format, but rather a series of
stills. Video is typically around 30 frames
second and I'm looking at maybe using 2 frames per second.
design the first robot
will take on
will be a wheeled robot for an orchard because moving between trees is
much easier than moving between small plants. Realistically, more
time and resources could then be spent on the image recognition system
and we can explore the use of springs and other energy conservation
mechanisms. The second stage will be
some type of insect like robot. Either a six or eight legged
walking form as this is a very
and stable type of body. It allows three or four legs to be on the
the others are being positioned. Thus, with three or four legs will
always be on
ground, creating a stable base to support the robot. Two arms are
arm with a camera and another with either a grabbing tool and/or a
tube. However, a single arm could do just as well as the camera could
easily be mounted on the collecting arm and help guide it to the
insect. As the technology progresses, biped robots might be
they require more computer processing power. Looking at the
of building some of the body structure out of recycled plastics and
Wheeled varieties are more suitable for orchards and not as
likely for other crops as they
too much contact with the ground.
The first crops will probably be either potatoes, corn, apples or some similar large leafed plant that the first prototypes won't have much of a problem walking around and moving the leaves. Tobacco may be a good crop to experiment on since the main problem I've heard is aphids, and aphids would be a great first target for the robots. Small and easily vacuumed. Also need to take into consideration the types of pests that are involved. The first robots will be slow due to energy considerations.