Iron Ox Robotic Farming

Iron OxAs we get closer to robotic farming, one company near San Fransisco aims to make it a reality. Iron Ox uses two robots in its 8,000 sq ft hydroponic farm facility.

One robot carries the heavy trays around while another picks up the plants and puts them in spaces with more room as they grow bigger.

The company states they are trying to fill the shortage of farm employees while also shortening the distance food travels before it is consumed.

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Lighthouse Robot

LighthouseMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) doctoral graduate You Wu has created a soft robot called Lighthouse that can find pipe leaks.  Looking like a badminton shuttlecock, the robot can detect leaks as small as 4mm.

Because of the robots shape, it can go through elbows in the pipes and also adjust its size up to 20% to compensate for dirt and debris in the pipe.

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Yotel Miami Adds Butler Robot

YotelPad Butler robotYotel, famous for it’s suitcase storage robot has added a butler robot to YotelPad in Miami. The butler robot can deliver up to 77 pounds of drinks and other goodies.

The robot can also communicate in a variety of languages.

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Favorite Movie Robot

robotsRobots have been in movies since the very early days with the robot Maria appearing in the movie Metropolis in 1927.

Since then many more robots have appeared in movies.  Sometimes the robots are evil like the Terminator or sometimes they are good like WALL-E.

Who is your favorite robot from a movie?

Who is your favorite robot in a movie?
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DrawBot

DrawBotDrawBot is a wall robot created by teacher Edwin Dertien and his student Janwillem te Voortwis. The robot moves up and down on bicycle chain pulleys.  When in the exact correct spot, it uses one of eight spray cans to spray out some color.

It can create a 3 ‘ x 4’ work of art in about two hours.

Here it is shown making it’s own version of the Mona Lisa.

Once a spray paint can is empty it needs to be replaced, often with a different color.  This helps create a pop art effect.

 

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