Intelligent Automation Is the Future of Farming The global food demand is increasing, and farmers are increasingly enduring labor shortages and unpredictable weather conditions. AI and machine learning are helping farmers fight these challenges with automated equipment and computer vision, including John Deere’s new autonomous tractor.
Strawberry Fields Forever: Computer Vision Aids Precision Harvesting A robotic berry picker has the potential to change strawberry harvest. With 16 distinct robots within one autonomous vehicle, berries can be harvested quickly and carefully. The computer vision and artificial intelligence that enables such precise picking provides farmers with a trove of data about each plant and the farm, improving crops and profits.
Flying Autonomous Robots Have Far-Reaching Uses in Agriculture Labor shortages and increased costs are propelling IoT use in the agriculture industry. Orchards can soon use flying autonomous robots (FAR) to detect, harvest, and track the collection of ripe fruit. 
Autonomous Smart Tractor from Monarch Takes Flight With goals for a more sustainable future, vineyards in California are exploring the fully electric, driver-optional, data-driven Monarch Tractor. The in-field hubs of data are helping farmers maintain root to fruit visibility, analyze moisture levels, count fruit clusters, and perform other agronomy functions. Zero emissions and a realistic price tag makes this vintage of autonomous tractors appealing to many.
Computer Vision Solution Keeps Private Data Out of the Picture Machine learning and image processing are integral to smart factories, but privacy remains a concern. A computer vision solution with integrated anonymization capabilities satisfies regulators and enables employees to better train AI models.  
New Podcast: Buying and Selling IoT Market-Ready Solutions For solution integrators to succeed in the wild frontier of the IoT ecosystem, they often need to start with vetted, pre-built solutions. Using repeatable solutions vs. starting from scratch can help data-driven, edge computing projects get off the ground faster–and generate value sooner. To see how that’s done, our editors checked in with an expert in AI and IoT market-ready solutions, Intel’s Rob Risany. Hear Risany’s advice for solution integrators who are grappling with the often-asked question: should we buy or build?     
Smart Mower Brings Innovation and Vision to Roadside Management An industrial mower equipped with computer vision and data analytics keeps roadsides clear of grass, while preserving insect habitats, saplings, and high-quality grass clippings. Drivers and property owners get real-time information and ecological insights.  
Expression-detecting Robots Assist Humans with Everyday Tasks Researchers at Franklin & Marshall College have developed a tabletop robot that can understand some forms of human expression. Using artificial intelligence and computer vision, the robot can detect through eye movement, motion, and speech patterns when a human needs guidance or assistance with a task.   
Hotels Roll Out Smart Service Robots to Help with Staffing Shortage Relay+®, an intelligent robot designed by Savioke for the hospitality industry, can deliver room service and essential items such as food, snacks, and towels to guests. By adding rapid install capabilities, Savioke aims to lower the cost of robot deployment for hotels and foodservice operations and supplement staff in the current labor shortage.   
Agriculture Proves Fertile Field for IoT Technology provides the granular–and speedy–analysis needed by farmers and agriculture companies to increase yields, reduce waste, and boost their profits.  

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