Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Make: Farm Drones Take Flight

Drones, or autonomous unmanned aircraft have been around with us for years, normally by the military who don't want to risk a human pilot in a dangerous situation.
But Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones, introduced a new idea about how they can be used for more peaceful purposes, in agriculture.
Growing the volume of crops we require is intensive and expensive for the farmers, just spraying a field with chemicals can cost hundreds if not thousands of pounds, which is a bit of a waste when there is actually nothing wrong with some of them in the first place, but how do you tell?
Chris's solution is to fit phonographic sensors to a drone which can over fly crops and use infra red cameras to spot anomalies in the way crops are growing, and then target just those areas with insecticide, or maybe if the problem is found early enough avoid the issue all together.
For full details and a video go to the make blog at http://blog.makezine.com/2013/06/15/farm-drones-take-flight/

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