How about pressing a button to get the food for you or just order the robot to bring a coffee. Life is sophisticated now. We have robots for everything. One important field that is indispensable is farming. There are many evolutions and extinctions in various field but farming is the field that need to flourish always since it is one of the sources of food for human beings. How about even farming is sophisticated controlled by an intelligent robot. This would be one of the milestones not only in the field of farming but also in the field of robotics.
There are researches going on in these topics to build a robot which can manage a field, water plants and manage its own requirements as well.
The basic idea of introducing robot in farming field though looks much of a luxury thing but definitely this would benefit farmers to a greater extent. The farm which can be controlled by robots basically contain robots with water pumps in their hands, then the pots are connected through communication networks to the robots and computers and sensors.
The communication networks are one important part of the robotic farming.Â The plants are also installed with soil sensors. These sensors are installed to make the robots aware of the nutrient contents in the soil. The plants can request for nutrients to the robot through the communication channel.
The water content can also be controlled in the same way, the plants can request for water in times of need and then the robots would water them immediately.
The robots job is not completed once the plant starts growing but the robots needs to check for fruits and pluck the ripened ones.Â Other than managing the plants and catering their needs the robot need to look to its charge as well. Once the charge is drained or reached to a lower level then the robot has to charge itself to avoid any problems in the farming.
The main advantage of such a farming system is that the farming is completely need based. Only when the plants need something the robot is going to provide them. So there is not waste of water or nutrients in this case and also no need to worry about the excess water content in the plants.
The growth of plants is not uniform and differs greatly with each variety. The robots should not be time based like watering the plants at particular time. This might result in wasting water for the plants which may not actually require that.
Some features of the robot are most welcomed, like plucking the ripened fruits or reaping the wheat stalk. This tedious job is easily done by the robot and avoiding any human intervention.
Robot in farming is till a research topic and are slowly coming in asÂ college projects. But hopefully very soon these robots might gain importance and take their position in the fields very soon as a helping hand for human beings in the future.