WeederBot

computer vision & robotics

The Weeder Bot is our second project in robotics and computer vision, together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Banja Luka). This is still a work in progress, aiming to create a fully autonomous robotic weeder, which extracts weeds exclusively by use of mechanical tools. This approach makes the WeederBot suitable for organic agriculture, but it also reduces human work.

Holoscope is engaged in computer vision, namely in development of systems for calibration of cameras, optical velocity estimation and plant recognition. With the right hardware, WeederBot will be able to accomplish all these tasks in real time.

WeederBot

computer vision & robotics

The Weeder Bot is our second project in robotics and computer vision, together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Banja Luka). This is still a work in progress, aiming to create a fully autonomous robotic weeder, which extracts weeds exclusively by use of mechanical tools. This approach makes the WeederBot suitable for organic agriculture, but it also reduces human work.

Holoscope is engaged in computer vision, namely in development of systems for calibration of cameras, optical velocity estimation and plant recognition. With the right hardware, WeederBot will be able to accomplish all these tasks in real time.

Background

The focus of this project is the destruction of weeds in agricultural production in the open. Holoscope gathered a small consortium together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture from Banja Luka (Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina) to work on this challenge.

Goal

Outdoor production is characterized by a significant degree of mechanization, but also the mass use of pesticides. Following the main world trends, the intention is to minimize the use of herbicides, and this can be achieved by precise destruction of weeds. Mechanical destruction of weeds at an early stage achieves a double benefit, because in addition to directly destroying existing weeds, its insemination is also prevented.

Optimization

In our conditions, the recognition and precise destruction of weeds is most expediently performed in the fields of corn, cabbage, potatoes, tobacco, onions, carrots and other crops that significantly develop a change in the phase of the grower and cause fruit. Weed control by robotic vehicles should be done in the period before there is a significant overlap of neighboring plant assemblies (which is important in terms of computer vision and its capabilities) and when weed protection is the most useful (which is important in terms of agricultural production)

Robot with Tools

Tools between Plants

Tools in the Field of Plants

Robot with Tools

Tools between Plants

Tools in the Field of Plants