No FAA to worry about on this one, I would like to think DIYD members could or even should win this....
Identify and commercialize innovative agriculture husbandry technologies that improve work processes, as well as modernize observation technologies and intervention methods.
The Race is on . . .
The 2016 agBOT Challenge is a competition of teams to develop the most efficient unmanned crop seeder capable of planting two varieties of seed over half-mile-long rows, while providing real-time data utilizing a mobile tracking antenna. Participating teams, representing advanced robotics and agricultural research and development organizations, will develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that enable their robots. Technologies resulting from the 2016 agBOT Challenge will propel both agriculture and the field of robotics.
The 2017 agBOT Challenge will be a competition for pest and weed identification and eradication.
The 2018 agBOT Challenge will be a competition for harvest method robotics.
Enabling and Engaging today’s Farmer
The need to produce food faster and easier in imperative; reliable labor is harder to find and wages are rising. While the agricultural field has gradually migrated toward farming supervision based on site specific crop management, the transition toward advanced robotics technology has been sluggish.
The 2016 agBOT Challenge will deliver a combination of progressive machinery with the software required to process data needed to virtually and economically manage crops. Unmanned seeding equipment through the usage of advanced communications systems will support all farmers!
The outcomes of the 2016 agBOT Challenge will be:
- Equipment capable of providing real time data and analysis to farmers
- Lowered cost of capital equipment
- Innovation of new labor supply to the farm
- Solutions to the availability of Precision Ag Software
- Increased efficiency with rural high-speed internet access
Environmental benefits include:
- Reduced carbon footprint
- Less soil compaction
- Decrease in erosion
- Reduction in use of harmful chemicals
- Diminished dependency on fossil fuels
Agricultural Robotics will decrease the volume of labor, and make farming faster and more accurate.
Agricultural Trailblazing through Technological Innovations
With a nine billion global population by the year 2050, the time has arrived to support our farmers with an infusion of today’s best resources. While there have been enormous advances in agriculture in recent times, we now need to progress our production and better safeguard our environment. Although agricultural machinery has witnessed a radical makeover from the days of a crude plow pulled by an animal, developing the means to more efficiently plant seed and provide husbandry to the crop is imperative. Evolution of agricultural practices allows for greater sustainability in a depleting world of farming circles.
airBridge is leading the charge in a Renaissance of farming, tapping into tomorrow’s greatest minds to solve today’s greatest agricultural challenges.
The 2016 agBOT Challenge will set the tone in the development of autonomous crop seeding which provides our future stewards the tools and technology that enables farms of any size to be successful.
There are many ways for you and your organization to become involved . . .
- Register a Competitive robotics building team
- Sponsor the 2016 agBOT Challenge
- Exhibit at the 2016 agBOT Challenge
- Partner or Volunteer with the 2016 agBOT Challenge
- Attend the 2016 agBOT Challenge on May 7, 2016
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