Rice is a cereal product that is the basis for half the mankind’s food around the world, so much depends on the effectiveness of its cultivation. No wonder that more and more specialists are bending over this issue.
It is, however, worth starting with the fact that for many farmers cultivating rice, the presence of ducks is crucial in the area, thanks to which the crops are healthy. These get rid of weeds, eat vermin threatening crops and fertilize the soil, without the need to resort to harmful chemicals. And what if you can not take advantage of this gift of nature? Here one of the Nissan technicians who came up with an interesting solution comes to help.
Speaking of a robot duck, which will be an alternative to the real duck in places where birds are too few. He is already testing his idea on rice fields in Yamagata Prefecture, where his device – looking like an automatic iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner – travels among the crops, silting the water so that the weeds do not have to grow light. And although we are talking about a private project here, nothing is done here at the cost and its author provides for the presence of GPS, WiFi connectivity or solar panels that provide energy to work and minimize the negative impact of robo-duck on the environment.
Unfortunately, we did not get to know any specific data on the effectiveness of the robot, which was named Aigamo, after the duck species traditionally used in rice fields. We only know that the robot weighs about 1.5 kilograms, i.e. it has not only the appearance but also the dimensions of a popular cleaning device. Aigamo can be seen in action on the above video, but you have to accept that there are no subtitles in English (let alone Polish), so you have to guess many issues yourself.
So far, Nissan, whose employee came up with this innovative idea, did not express the intention of mass production of the robot, but fully supports its technician, so it can only be a matter of time. And as you can guess, the target market here may be Japan, which is famous for its love for new technologies and the search for robots able to replace people, all because of the aging population, which will soon have enough hands to work.