October 19, 2012 By News Staff
Answer: the Lettuce-bot
A startup founded in 2011 by two Stanford University Alumni called Blue River Technology is developing an alternative to chemical-intensive agriculture, which is both expensive and hazardous to the environment.
With advanced computer vision techniques for identifying weeds and selectively killing unwanted plants, Blue River Technology's equipment is much faster and more efficient than traditional methods of weed killing. During tests, the "Lettuce-bot" gathered more than 1 million images as it moved through the fields. Its Computer Vision System was able to detect and segment individual plants – even those that were touching each other – with 98% accuracy.
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