The people from Jungle Creations have taken various footage of our Ladybird robot and made a viral video
This video shows footage from a recent demonstration of the Digital Farmhand robot at Richmond, NSW.
Digital Farmhand is a low cost row crop robot aimed towards helping small scale farmers in Australia & overseas to perform crop analytics and automation of simple farming tasks. The design of the platform is based around the use of cheap low cost sensors, computing and manufacturing techniques which will allow the farmer to easily maintain and modify their platform to suit their needs.
The platform comes with an actuated 3 point hitch mechanism which allows various implements to be attached (similar to a tractor). Currently 4 implements have been manufactured for this platform. These include a sprayer, seeder, tine weeder and tow ball hitch.
More details visit http://sydney.edu.au/acfr/agriculture
On the 23rd of June 2017, ACFR was invited to a Local Land Services NSW field day event to present the work they have done over the last six months on a platform called the Digital Farmhand (Previously referred to as Di-Wheel). The event generated a large amount of interest within the local farming community with over 100 registrations for the event. During the event, the team presented:
- the project overview
- the design concept of the Digital Farmhand
- plant analytics via low-cost sensors (smartphone camera)
- the future vision of the project
- live demonstration of automated row turning via low-cost sensors (smartphone camera)
- live demonstration of a farming implement (spray boom) mounted on the digital farmhand
Below are some photos from the event. Link to news article here hawkesbury gazette
Details of the upcoming trial at Richmond of the Digital Farmhand Robot were published in the South West Voice today.
We had a robotic arm lying around and thought we’d have some fun in the lab with a pneumatic pruner.
Shown here is a UR5 arm configured to navigate to way points on a tree. Once in position, the pruner is activated and a branch is removed.
We had a robotic arm lying around and thought we’d have some fun in the lab with a new type of gripper.
Shown here is a UR5 arm configured to navigate to way points on a tree. Once in position, the gripper is activated, then the arm twists and pulls the apple from the tree and places the fruit in a tray.
We recently conducted a trial demonstrating the RIPPA robot working on an apple orchard in Three Bridges, Victoria, Australia. RIPPA operated autonomously up and down the apple rows and was able to change rows at the headlands by moving sideways. The trial demonstrated VIIPA autonomously and in real time detecting then targeting apples with variable rates of fluid.
The video below shows some of the experiments conducted on the trial:
Future applications of the technology include pest management, pruning, thinning, and pollinating in tree crop farming.
In early October, ACFR conducted a series of field trials in Lembang which is located on the outskirts of the city of Bandung Indonesia with the Di-Wheel robot. The objective of the trip was to investigate how robotics can be can be deployed and utilised in a farming context in a developing country. As part of our investigation, a community of local farmers were interviewed to gain a better understanding of their requirements and their situation. We also visited a variety of engineering firms to understand the engineering capabilities within Bandung to support future field trials in that region.
Below are some videos and photos from the trip.
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Over the last few months, the RIPPA robot has been working on several commercial vegetable farms around Australia. Various experimental autonomous crop interaction tasks have been demonstrated including:
- autonomous row following and data collection
- autonomous real time mechanical weeding
- autonomous real time variable rate fluid dispensing using VIIPA
- autonomous soil sampling and mapping
Our work was featured in IEEE's Video Friday on November 4, 2016: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-rescue-quadruped-gesture-controlled-robot-arm-self-driving-van-1986
View the video below to see RIPPA in action.
The video shows the di-wheel being demonstrated at Cobbity farm (University of Sydney Campus) on a kale crop row.
Our initial tests of SwagBot last month have been featured in media outlets around the world.
International articles include: New Scientist, IEEE Spectrum, Mashable, CNET, The Telegraph UK, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Engadget, The Enquirer, Quartz, Gizmodo, Tech Insider, Modern Farmer, New Atlas, The Times of India and Reuters.
Upcoming trials will focus on applying research toward autonomous farm activities including monitoring and interacting with plants and animals.
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.
Mary O'Kane reflects on Trends to inform smart choices in the June edition of FOCUS. (See pages 11-13)