July 29, 2016

JOLLY SWAGBOTS:

The Last Cowboy Standing Is Going To Be This Cattle-Herding Robot (ADELE PETERS 07.25.16, Co.Exist)

In the Australian outback, a cattle ranch called Suppleback Downs is only slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island. Unsurprisingly, it can be hard to keep track of cows in such a massive area. That's where Swagbot, an Australian cowboy robot, comes in: The robot is designed to herd cattle on sprawling ranches that humans can't easily cover on their own. [..]

Swagbot can't handle a lasso or play the banjo. But the robot can herd cattle through rugged terrain, and the researchers plan to fit it with temperature and motion sensors that try to detect if an animal is sick or hurt. Other sensors can monitor the landscape to make sure the cows have enough to eat.

Posted by at July 29, 2016 6:43 PM

  

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