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Why Georgia Tech Built a Tarzan Robot That Swings Around on Wires
Generally, the term “aerial robot” is synonymous with “drone,” but there are lots of other ways for robots to avoid spending time on the ground.
A bearing on the coupling shaft keeps the payload pod attached securely, while also allowing it to hang parallel to the ground irrespective of the orientation of the arms.
“The idea is that one or more low-cost robots can be deployed for an entire growing season in a field, ‘living with the crops’ so to speak, providing real-time monitoring and treatment in a very targeted way.” Such approach, he continues, would allow farmers to increase output by quickly identifying poorly performing crops and applying fertilizer, pesticides, or water more efficiently.
The system that Rogers is working towards (along with a team that includes Dr. Ai-Ping Hu and graduate studentsEvan Davies and Siavash Farzan) involves a system of wires installed on posts above each row of crops in a farmer’s field.
Several robots would be deployed at the beginning of the growing season, and they would collaboratively and autonomously swing around to check out the crops with their sensors, potentially dispensing pesticides or fertilizer when and where they decide it’s necessary.
While Tarzan will certainly have some competition in the agricultural robotics space from more traditional ground robots, the concept is compelling, especially if Georgia Tech can show that the overall system (including all the overhead infrastructure required) is both cost effective and useful long-term.
I’m picturing a [insert appropriate collective noun for sloths here] of these robots swinging around and occasionally dispensing a little bit of fertilizer from above, which would be pretty amusing to watch.
Jonathan Rogers: To avoid getting stuck in mud or tangled, ground robots must have large wheels, but large wheels require the robot to be big and increase energy consumption, and also risk trampling the plants themselves.
We have also thought about using these systems in urban environments to traverse along telephone or power wires, providing reconfigurable surveillance sensors, air quality monitoring, or even reconfigurable traffic lights.
Tarzan robot swings above crops for automated agriculture
Researchers at Georgia Tech are developing Tarzan, a sloth-inspired autonomous robot that can gather crop data from above. Innovation is often born out of necessity.
At a four-acre test field near Athens, Georgia, plant genetics researchers from Georgia Tech spend every summer in scorching heat measuring crop growth and testing phenotype variations.
Read more: IoT in agriculture — sowing seeds of innovation Although it’s clear that Georgia Tech’s swinging agriculture solution could do a job in the field, it’s difficult to say whether it will be an improvement on current autonomous technologies.
Read more: Agtech start-up Arable to measure crops and weather with IoT In time, the research team suggest that solar panels could be added to keep the Tarzan robot out in the field for days at a time.
Aerial drones are widely used to gather data on plant health from above, with relaxing regulations and advances in both hardware and software only going to improve over time.
Georgia Tech's new 3D printed swinging robot was inspired by beloved feral man Tarzan In what might be one of the more unusual robotics projects of the year, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a robot inspired by Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ fictional feral man who was raised by apes in the jungle following the death of his parents.
And outdoor work is apparently this robot’s calling: Jonathan Rogers, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, says that the partially 3D printed Tarzan robot could assist those working in the agriculture industry, since robots with wheels or legs find it difficult to move through dense fields without damaging crops.
With a cable suspended at the right height above those crops, Tarzan would not only move freely over the fields without damaging anything, it could also capture aerial images or collect other data about what lies below, sending information to the farmer via a wireless connection.
“When somebody came to me and asked ‘How do we get a robot to live in a field for long periods of time and walk around and move around persistently without needing a human to help it?’ The only way is to do something out of the way and off the ground.” Sensible talk, and we were pretty much on board with the whole project—until the Assistant Professor claimed that his 3D printed Tarzan is the “best way” of moving around off the ground.
'I'm kinda scared': Shocked 22-year-old asks Reddit for advice after $400,000 mysteriously appears in their bank account - and gets some hilarious responses
A Reddit user has turned to the Internet for advice about what to do after $400,000 mysteriously turned up in their bank account.
Still live with my parents and don't pay rent, but help out with groceries once in a while.' Woahdudehelp added they had no intention of spending the money 'if there's a chance I might go to jail'. Surprisingly a majority of people suggested the 22-year-old not touch the new-found fortune and return it to its rightful owner.
'I'd withdraw all the money ASAP, put it in a pit in your backyard then change your identity and social security,' they said. 'But in all seriousness, don't touch it, it's the bank's mistake and if you use ANY of it you are at fault and are on the hook for however much is gone of the 400k.'
'Even though it's the banks [sic] error, I assure you they will hold you responsible for however much of the erred funds into your account you spend. 'If the bank continues to ignore your inquiries about the 400k just appearing in your account.
- On Saturday, February 22, 2020
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