- Manufacturer: Odd.Bot (Netherlands)
- Robot(s): Weed Whacker
- Task(s): mechanical in-row weeding and seeding
- Development start: September 2018
- Pricing: to be determined
- Units active: 1 prototype
The Odd.Bot Weed Whacker initially started out with a small three-wheel frame and a delta arm to whack (smaller) weeds in order to eliminate them. The latest developments include a solar electrical drive line and RTK GPS and computer vision for navigation. The main focus is on mechanical in-row weeding from shortly after the sprouting stage of all types of crops and even seeding crops. A lot of effort has gone into algorithms for weed recognition with the ultimate goal of distinguishing chamomile from carrots. Its most striking detail is the 3-in-1 gripper and pusher that can both whack weeds and pull or scoop out larger weeds.
Availability: Odd.Bot Weed Whacker pilots will be available in 2021 as a service in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Eight commercial units are planned for 2022 and Odd.Bot aims to have 1,000 units active in European fields by 2025.