The TerraSentia robot is the latest innovation in agriculture and allows farmers to monitor crops in a scientific and technological way. The robot is a simple four-wheeled automaton developed by engineers at the University of Illinois. The design is fairly simple, but an array of sensors makes the robot unique and allows it to monitor and transmit crop data in real time. While the TerraSentia robot may not replace every tool on a farm, it is designed to serve an important tool in any farmers arsenal.
Measuring in at just over a foot wide and weighing in at 24 pounds, the TerraSentia robot is easily able to traverse a field without seriously damaging crops. The robot's sensors give the automated device the ability to monitor plant health by observing things like growth rate and coloration. The robot's sensors are both flexible and customizable, and are meant to adequately suit the needs of both breeders and growers.
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