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Maintaining a farm is draining in nearly every sense. Long hours, hard physical labor, and costly equipment. Moreover, unless you’re a large farm with nationwide distribution centers, the payout is generally pretty average. So, it’s discouraging when something comes along and damages crops, further minimizing profits. Although there are plenty of causes for damaged crops, engineers have developed a way to tackle at least one. A farming robot is available that has the capacity to kill up to 200,000 weeds per hour.
Early in 2022, Carbon Robotics released the LaserWeeder, a third-generation farming robot that uses thermal energy, AI technology, and 12 cameras to detect weeds. Then 30 high-power carbon-dioxide lasers zap and kill the pesky plants, allowing for around 2 acres of weeding per hour. The farming robot also has a lighting system, which can be used anytime at night. Furthermore, it was also designed for the purpose of use in almost any weather condition.
Although earlier generations were designed to drive themselves, this new model does require a driver. However, they can easily be hooked up to the back of a tractor, so it’s still incredibly easy to use. Furthermore, there are several other benefits provided by the farming robot.
Firstly, reduced cost. Farmers who’ve used the farming robot have reported back up to 80% savings, accounting for labor, materials, and the reduced need for chemicals. Although the farming robot itself can seem costly, reports show that farmers will typically break even within 2-3 years.