Behold the World’s Largest Robotic Field Scanner

Developing new crops, such as a drought resistant vegetable variety, is a time intensive and costly process. It is also critical work for regions with dwindling water resources like California. The Department of Energy has teamed up with the University of Arizona’s College of Ag & Life Sciences to build a big data solution to the problem – a giant robotic fieldscanner.

The 30-ton steel machine moves back and forth over the 1.5 acre research field like a huge printer and generates a “extremely high resolution” data stream that fills 5 terabytes of hard drive space every day. By comparing data on different plant varietals growth, the scientists can conduct scientific investigations with more efficiency.

Read more about the robotic scanner here!

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