Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tech News: Robot to replace herbicides for weed-killing

Technology has helped humanity in many areas, besides destroying and killing people with bombs and lasers.

Now to kill weeds, research is underway to do it with robots, rather than herbicides.

As reported, Scientists at Blue River Technology will commercialize a weed-killing robot after landing $3.1 million in Series A funding from Khosla Ventures. The agricultural invention uses algorithms to differentiate between good and bad plants, injecting the bad with enough fertilizer to kill it.

The wheeled bot is still in the prototype stage at this point. But Blue River sees its machine as a cost-effective and safer solution to potentially reduce U.S. herbicide use by more than 250 million pounds per year.

Read more: Mashable


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