Meet the farmers of the future: robots

When we think about automation, we often imagine robots just doing the work of humans. Our mental image is of an android in overalls, clocking in with a lunchbox full of oil and bolts, and grabbing a hammer. But that’s not what happens. The reality is much messier, and the process of automation is one of compromise and incremental progress. Agritech startup Iron Ox is the perfect example of this. After launching in 2015 with the aim of automating the hard work of growing produce, the company unveiled its first “autonomous” production farm last week. In 8,000 square feet of indoor space (roughly 0.2 acres), its engineers use proprietary robot systems to grow roughly 26,000 heads of lettuce, leafy greens, and herbs each year in hydroponic... Continue reading…

Meet the farmers of the future: robots

Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, the farmer of the future. He's heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he's strong enough to hoist ...

Wed 3 Oct 18 from Phys.org

Meet Farmers of  Future: Robot, Wed 3 Oct 18 from Voice of America

New autonomous farm wants to produce food without human workers

Wed 3 Oct 18 from MIT Technology Review

The robotic farm of the future isn’t what you’d expect

When we think about automation, we often imagine robots just doing the work of humans. Our mental image is of an android in overalls, clocking in with a lunchbox full of oil and ...

Tue 9 Oct 18 from The Verge

Angus the robot could soon be cultivating your salads in a robo-farm

Angus, a 1,000lb robot, rolls about Iron Ox's indoor farm on omnidirectional wheels. He then delivers 800lb pallets of maturing vegetables from place to place without the need for oversight ...

Wed 3 Oct 18 from Daily Mail

Calif. startup builds indoor farm run by robots

A Silicon Valley startup is ready to sell vegetables grown by robots in its indoor farm. Iron Ox wants to build robot farms near cities to supply restaurants and supermarkets with fresh produce. ...

Wed 3 Oct 18 from USA today

Iron Ox opens its first fully autonomous farm

For the last two and a half years, Iron Ox has been working on perfecting its agricultural robots to tend its indoor farms. After first testing its systems on a small scale, the company is opening ...

Wed 3 Oct 18 from TechCrunch

The future of indoor agriculture is vertical farms run by robots

Back in the good old days, farming was easy. Throw some seeds in the ground, keep it watered, pray to your preferred deity to spare your crops from pestilence and wait for harvest season. ...

Wed 3 Oct 18 from Engadget

Inside Silicon Valley’s newest, most autonomous farm yet

Iron Ox’s robots are currently planting, growing, and harvesting lettuce in a California warehouse. Inside a former commercial warehouse in San Carlos, California, a robotic arm is carefully ...

Wed 3 Oct 18 from Fastcompany Tech

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