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Anyone with childhood memories of weeding the garden under the hot summer sun might say the invention of autonomous weed-elimination robots has come too late, but Carbon Robotics recently unveiled the third generation of its technology.
Quite a bit more technologically advanced than the disgruntled 7-year-old sweating between his grandfather’s cherry tomatoes and prized squash, Carbon Robotics’ system is a 4300-kg (9480-lb), four-wheeled robot that uses GPS and computer vision to sift through crops in search of weeds.
These killer robots are your friends. Courtesy of iStock.com/Palto
It incorporates eight simultaneously operating 150-W CO2 lasers that fire once every 50 ms to destroy weeds on sight. Using…