You can build a self-driving, fully autonomous farm robot with a Raspberry Pi and a few Raspberry Pi boards, but building a machine that can do things like pick fruit and vegetables without human input is a challenge.
And there are lots of people who don’t have access to computers.
So how do you get robots to do the same kind of tasks without the need for a bunch of computer code?
That’s the premise behind the agricultural satellite technology project.
The idea behind the project is that it would allow farmers to collect data from satellites that collect weather data to create an analysis of the climate in their area.
This information would then be used to make predictions about the climate on a larger scale, such as when crop yields will be affected by the climate.
You can read more about it in Mashable’s interview with a former NASA employee.
[The Mashable team] said the project would cost $3,500, but the team said that figure has been inflated to cover the project’s development costs.
The project has a number of hurdles, though.
It’s not as easy to get this technology to work as the more traditional satellite technology, said Chris Gorman, a senior scientist at the Center for Space Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
And the software needed to build the robot, as well as the software for it to operate in the field, are both not available.
The company is trying to raise $5,000 to cover a portion of the costs.
“The challenges have been very much around building the software, building the hardware, building our hardware, the hardware building the platform, and then working with other partners to build it all together,” Gorman told Mashable.
So far, the project has raised just $1,000, but Gorman said the team is optimistic that the project will go a long way toward bringing robotics to the agricultural sector.
“I think there are huge opportunities here,” German said.
And although the farm robot project has yet to reach its goal, Gorman believes it could be a major step forward in the evolution of robotics in agriculture.
“There are lots and lots of different ways to do this, but this is one of the more exciting ones that we’re trying to put together,” he said.