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  • Manufacturer: Small Robot Company (United Kingdom)
  • Robot(s): Tom
  • Task(s): multisensory monitoring robot
  • Development start: unknown
  • Pricing: unknown
  • Units active: unknown

The Small Robot Company Tom is a multisensory monitoring robot, which uses six 5K RGB cameras to scan for weeds as well as hyperspectral cameras to detect problems such as slugs. It can also detect gases to check soil health. Tom, which weighs about 200 kg, is the first commercially active robot from SRC for weed mapping. In 2021 Rootwave weed-zapping technology will also be available as well as automated soil sampling using a probe. Microphones and additional sensors will also be added to ‘listen’ for birds, insects and wildlife, to give farmers a biodiversity index. Initially it will focus on broad-leaved weeds, but grass-type weeds such as blackgrass will follow later.

Availability: Priced at £15 per hectare, the service will also map emergent wheat. It can cover up to 20 ha per day.

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