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Pollen contaminated with ag chemicals makes bees more vulnerable to parasites | Quartz

Pollen contaminated with ag chemicals makes bees more vulnerable to parasites | Quartz | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow.
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Cultibotics is about applying robotics to making horticultural best practices scalable and economical.
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US Army welcomes tethered drones into its unmanned aerial fleet | Gizmag

US Army welcomes tethered drones into its unmanned aerial fleet | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Lately the US Army has been exploring tethered versions that could help plug some holes in its military strategy, and has now placed an order with drone-maker CyPhy Works for a wired aerial vehicle that could provide an eye in the sky for days at a time.​
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UK power station demolished by an international team … of robots | Gizmag

UK power station demolished by an international team … of robots | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
​A power station in the UK county of Oxfordshire was demolished on July 17. Following the tragic death of four workers on the site, the location was deemed too dangerous for the project to continue as normal, leading the team to turn to a series of robotic workers to get the job done.
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Cultibotics: Robotics for Gardeners and Farmers, Part 6

“Imagine you're a newborn tree squirrel, nearly devoid of usable senses, that somehow fell from the nest but survived the fall. Without sensory hardware or some other source of information about its environment, this is essentially the situation faced by any computing device, except that it doesn't experience distress; it just runs code.”
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TED talk by Emma Marris

“The reason I believe her vision and my own are complementary is that devices using cultivation techniques sufficiently meticulous and noninvasive to enable mechanization of intensive polycultures could also allow some selective wildness (something other than aggressive and/or noxious weeds) back onto land used for production, intermixed with crops grown for harvest.”
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This robot has ‘eyes’ that can see dying plants before farmers can | Business Insider

This robot has ‘eyes’ that can see dying plants before farmers can | Business Insider | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Prospera has designed a system that monitors crops 24-7 and can predict when they're at risk.
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Why Is There A Seed Vault In The Arctic Circle? | DNews Plus

“Episode 1 of 4 … You may have heard about a vault in Svalbard holding plant seeds in case of a worldwide catastrophe, well meet the lady who runs one of the world’s largest science experiments!”
John Payne's insight:
Maintaining genetic diversity would be an easier matter if agricultural practice weren't (effectively) working so hard to diminish it. Robotics can bring back the attention to detail needed for diversity-supportive practices to flourish.
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Cultibotics: Robotics for Gardeners and Farmers, Part 5

“This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources, far from it, just enough to get you over the hump of having no idea where to start. First, let me quickly mention three sources from which you can get parts and kits, in alphabetical order: Adafruit, RobotShop, and SparkFun. You should also know about Make: and DIY Drones.”
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Phenocart | American Society of Agronomy

Phenocart | American Society of Agronomy | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
“Farmers have monitored their fields for millennia by simply walking among the rows of plants, observing changes over time, and noting which plants do better. But as plant breeding technology becomes more complicated, farmers and scientists want specific data. They want to know exactly how tall the plants are, or exactly how green the leaves are In a large test field, getting exact numbers means hours or even days of labor for a plant breeder.”
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Still lots of room for improvement!

Discovered via Gizmag: http://www.gizmag.com/phenocart-monitors-plant-health/44087/
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Cultibotics: Robotics for Gardeners and Farmers, Part 4

“What follows will begin with a whirlwind tour of topics at or near the bottom of the computing stack (the realm of bits and bytes), in the hope of tying up some loose ends at that level, followed by a few steps upwards, towards the sorts of things that technicians and hobbyists deal with directly.”
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Airobotics battery-swapping platform keeps drones flying around the clock | Gizmag

Airobotics battery-swapping platform keeps drones flying around the clock | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Drones invariably require human intervention in one way or another as they can't carry on forever on their own. Or can they? An Israeli startup has developed an end-to-end autonomous system for 24/7 drone flight that uses a robotic arm to swap out flat batteries and get the aircraft back in the air.
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Cultibotics: Robotics for Gardeners and Farmers, Part 2

“Investment follows the perception of a potential market. Without the perception of a market into which to sell the fruits of product development, investment is hard to come by, hence little development happens and few products are forthcoming. To really get behind the application of robotics to horticulture and agriculture, in a manner that takes full advantage of the potential of robotics to leverage the very best practices and make them scalable, investors must be convinced that their money will at least accomplish something worthwhile, and preferably that it will bring them a nice return.”
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Cultibotics: Biological Agriculture for Roboticists, Part 6

“In a previous installment, I said that identifying weeds based on what's left standing after a patch of ground has been grazed won't control low-growing plants, using goatheads as an example.” … “I also promised to get back to the use of sound, in the context of fauna management and pest control. This by itself could easily be the subject of a lengthy book. Information about the environment can be gleaned from ambient sounds as well as from active sonar, and a robot might also emit sounds for the effects they can produce.”
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Rumor: Google to sell Boston Dynamics to Toyota

Rumor: Google to sell Boston Dynamics to Toyota | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Google is in talks with the Toyota Research Institute to sell its robotics division Boston Dynamics, a source familiar with the matter told Tech Insider. A price for the deal has not yet been disclosed, but this person says the ‘ink is nearly dry.’”

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You may recall that Gil Pratt, who headed DARPA's Robotics Challenge, joined Toyota last year, as head of it's Silicon Valley robotics development operation. http://robohub.org/corporations-and-governments-stimulating-robotics-and-ai-development/
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Milking Cows with Lasers and Robots | Science Channel

“Our favorite part of visiting a farm is seeing all the droids and lasers! These advanced cow milking machines have simplified the process for farmers and their cattle.”

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Robotics for Gardening and Farming: A Guide to Two Recent Series | Cultibotics

Over the past weeks, I've written two series of posts, the first titled "Biological Agriculture for Roboticists" and the second "Robotics for Gardeners and Farmers", with the intention of helping to bridge the gap between these occupations and those engaged in them. What appears below is a table of contents for those series.
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FarmBot reaches $100,000 pre-order goal, pre-order discount still available through July | FarmBot.io

FarmBot reaches $100,000 pre-order goal, pre-order discount still available through July | FarmBot.io | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
“While we've now reached our goal, our campaign is still going until the end of the month. Want to be one of the first people to get a FarmBot kit? Make sure to place your pre-order during July to save 25% off MSRP. Once we wrap up the campaign we'll begin ordering components and putting together all the kits. Any orders received after this month will likely not ship until much later than the first batch, so don't miss out!”
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Why collaboration between ag equipment and tech companies is a good thing for the environment | Environmental Defense Fund

Why collaboration between ag equipment and tech companies is a good thing for the environment | Environmental Defense Fund | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“In order for the agriculture sector to deliver on the growing demand for sustainable grain and participate in emerging carbon markets, growers need a way to demonstrate that their management practices are benefiting the environment.”

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This may be a case where getting information into the machine arrives sooner than technologies for acting upon that information at an appropriate scale. In agriculture, the piece of the puzzle which is latest to arrive may well prove to be actuation — the capability to manipulate large numbers of plants at a fine level of detail quickly enough to be useful.
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Introducing FarmBot Genesis

“FarmBot Genesis is humanity's first open-source CNC farming machine designed for at-home automated food production.” 

Project website: https://farmbot.io

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmBot.io

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Always loved the idea of growing own food, now I can mix that with high tech!
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First field test of SwagBot | Australian Centre for Field Robotics

“Meet SwagBot – our latest farming robot. SwagBot proved successful in its first field test. SwagBot successfully demonstrated the ability to operate in the rugged cattle station environment. Future trials will focus on applying research toward autonomous farm activities including monitoring and interacting with plants and animals.”

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AVC 2016 Course Preview | SparkFun

Visit https://avc.sparkfun.com/ for more details and team registration. This year's Autonomous Vehicle Competition will take place on Saturday Septembe
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Cozmo uses AI to develop a little robot personality | Gizmag

Cozmo uses AI to develop a little robot personality | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Anki's latest product takes advantage of AI, but there's nothing scary about it. Cozmo is a cute little robot capable of recognizing and engaging with humans, thanks to a combination of robotics, artificial intelligence and computer vision.”

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Rolls-Royce predicts robotic ships will be on the water by 2020 | Gizmag

Rolls-Royce predicts robotic ships will be on the water by 2020 | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
This week at the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam, the Rolls-Royce-led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications initiative (AAWA) presented a white paper outlining what autonomous cargo vessels might be like and what hurdles stand between them and the open sea.
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Cultibotics: Robotics for Gardeners and Farmers, Part 3

“Okay, now back down to the bottom of the stack for a look at how computers do what they do. This will be more than you need to know to just use a computer, but when you're wiring up sensors or other hardware to or programming a microcontroller or single board computer it could come in handy.”
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Cultibotics: Robotics for Gardeners and Farmers, Part 1

“What would you like to do with your garden or farm that you can't make time for, don't have patience for, or just can't imagine how'd you go about getting it done? Weeding without herbicides? Maintaining a continuous canopy of foliage by replacing plants as they mature? Dispensing with rows and using nearly all of the available space nearly all the time? Mixing native flowers in with your vegetables in a random fashion? Selectively harvesting certain plants in a polyculture mix without having to crush others under wheels to do it? Including perennials in your mix? Allowing poultry to range free under the shade of your taller crops, without fear that they'll wander off or be taken by a fox or bobcat? Whatever it is, there may soon be a machine available that makes it not only possible but practical.”
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Cultibotics: Pushing Back Deserts through Aerial Seeding

Cultibotics: Pushing Back Deserts through Aerial Seeding | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
“Start with a seed ball, containing seeds of one or more drought tolerant plants. Next assemble some feathers or vanes, rather like those found on a badminton shuttlecock, but with an adaxial (inner) surface that is both a good radiator of thermal energy and hydrophobic, or having a branching network of hydrophobic veins which converge at the stem end.”
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