CNR 2013: Exhibition: Fabian Zimmerli (CHE)
Weedmaster, a robot powered by a methanol fuel cell, uproots woods autonomously. Main navigation is done via GPS. Using a digital image recognition system, the robot distinguishes between the plant being cultivated and weed. The weed is cut in an energy efficient way by a rotating tool. This makes precise weeding possible, both beside the rows and between the plants in a row. Because of its compact size and low weight, the robot can be used in any weather, day and night. To increase capacity for a large acreage, the farmer can use a network of several interacting robots .In designing the Weedmaster, special emphasis was put on creating a likeable shape as to ensure high acceptance of these autonomous machines among the general population.
Thanks to modern technology, Weedmaster offers economy and ecology.
[image source: Fabian Zimmerli]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Fabian Zimmerli is industrial designer and "The Son" part of "The Father and Son" company Zimmerli Design, based in Switzerland.
The robot concept of the agriculture robot by Fabian Zimmerli will be shown at Cafe Neu Romance (27-30 November 2013) at Galerie NTK.