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Industrial Robot: An International Journal

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Moisture measurement in crops using spherical robots


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Title:Moisture measurement in crops using spherical robots
Author(s):Juan D. Hernández, (Centre for Automation and Robotics – CAR, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (UPM-CSIC), Madrid, Spain), Jorge Barrientos, (Centre for Automation and Robotics – CAR, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (UPM-CSIC), Madrid, Spain), Jaime del Cerro, (Centre for Automation and Robotics – CAR, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (UPM-CSIC), Madrid, Spain), Antonio Barrientos, (Centre for Automation and Robotics – CAR, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (UPM-CSIC), Madrid, Spain), David Sanz, (Centre for Automation and Robotics – CAR, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (UPM-CSIC), Madrid, Spain)
Citation:Juan D. Hernández, Jorge Barrientos, Jaime del Cerro, Antonio Barrientos, David Sanz, (2013) "Moisture measurement in crops using spherical robots", Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Vol. 40 Iss: 1, pp.59 - 66
Keywords:Agriculture, Crops, Irrigation control, Moisture measurement, Moisture monitoring, Precision agriculture, Robots, Spherical robot
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01439911311294255 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:This work has been supported by the Robotics and Cybernetics Research Group at Centre for Automation and Robotics CAR UPM-CSIC, and funded under the project “Robot Fleets for Highly Effective Agriculture and Forestry Management”, (RHEA) sponsored by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (NMP-CP-IP 245986-2 RHEA). This paper is revised and updated from an original article published at RHEA-2012, Pisa, Italy, September 19-21, 2012.
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a new low-cost system based on a spherical robot for performing moisture monitoring in precision agriculture.

Design/methodology/approach – The work arose from the necessity of providing farmers with alternative methods for crop monitoring. Thus, after analysing the main requirements, a spherical robot was chosen as a tentative approach. The presented work summarizes the work carried out in selecting the basics to apply in the robot, as well as its mechanical and electronic design. After designing and constructing the robot, several tests have been performed, in order to validate the robot for performing monitoring task and moving on different types of soil.

Findings – The performed tests reveal that spherical robot is a suitable solution for performing the task.

Research limitations/implications – Some improvements in control should be applied in order to reach a fully autonomous navigation in very slippery soils. Nevertheless, the performance of the robot in teleoperated mode allows validating of the system.

Practical implications – The robot turned out to be friendly and harmless in its use for this application. The cost of final series will be affordable in comparison with the cost of other methods. Endurance of the robot can be considered as fair.

Originality/value – The paper presents a new tool for farming based on non-common robot.



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