European Research Developing Robot to Assist Small, Organic Farmers
A European project is developing a robot with artificial intelligence to assist small, organic farmers and greenhouse growers, reports Horizon, The EU Research & Innovation Magazine. The robot can assist farmers by taking on mechanically demanding tasks, such as weeding, or help save time by monitoring plants for disease and insect outbreaks. The ROMI project is specifically designed to serve the needs of small farmers who have typically been overlooked by large agricultural equipment manufacturers. The robot was designed to be lightweight and inexpensive, so it’s built with off-the-shelf electric motors and open source hardware and software. “This robot is made for small farms, not big farms. There is a huge need for this type of tool,” noted one of the researchers involved.