With rice being a major staple of diet in Japan, agriculture is a massively important industry. Japanese IT firm OPTiM and Saga University have developed a drone to rid farmland of its nasty pests to keep ahead of the game.
The primary targets for the Agri Drone are the insects that damage rice fields. Primarily used at night, the drone flies over fields with a UV bug zapper to keep crops safe. It uses infrared and thermal cameras to shoot a precise dose of pesticide to hotspots where harmful insects are conjugating, using less pesticide that normal aerial applications.
So why is this drone so special? Many farmers struggle with the need to keep crops safe from destruction, without contaminating soil. Few of the current drones available are used for directly combating with targeted attacks and many require a level of manual control in conjunction with mounted cameras. However, Agri Drone is capable of fully autonomous patrol, targeting and destroying of 50 different types of pest – including midges and moths.
Watch it in action:
Shunji Sugaya, President, OPTiM Corporation