2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4, Page #03[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Robotic Platforms Carry Cargo, Can Act As Guard Dogs
“Burro founder Charlie Andersen grew up on a working farm leading him to believe that outdoor work should be automated. He also began to understand the many challenges robots face in industries like agriculture,” explains Don Black, Burro’s VP of Growth.
“Today, with advances in computer vision, GPUs, and deep learning, economical robots that go anywhere and recognize anything are suddenly commercially viable,” says Black. “Simultaneously, farmers are running out of people - 80 to 90 percent of the U.S. crop workforce works in the $60 billion specialty crop industry where wages are rising, the workforce is aging, and labor costs typically equate to around 30 to 40 percent of farm revenue. Growers are screaming for robots.”
The company is led by a 40+ person team with thousands of Burro robots operating on three continents. Burros come equipped with 12 cameras, RTK GPS, and a 4G LTE modem. They’re built with onboard 120-volt chargers for a power-up at any time. It’s also possible to swap out the built-in battery in just 2 mins. without any special tools. Two Burros can fit in a 6-ft. truck bed, making them easy to transport to the worksite.
This powerful tool uses computer vision, high-precision GPS, and artificial intelligence. They receive over-the-air updates every 2 weeks so that the robots stay updated with AI models to improve their capabilities. New Burros come equipped with the company’s patent-pending Pop Up Autonomy™, making them ready to use immediately out of the box without the need to install infrastructure. Farm crews can have a Burro up and running in under 10 mins.
They can help field crews pick grapes, transport pots in nurseries, or serve as platforms for data capture on construction sites. Recently, the robots have gained attention for their potential to serve as “guard dogs.”
With the Guard Dog Kit, Burros can run 24/7 and send alerts through text or the web at the first signs of an intruder. As it moves, its sensors detect activity on the site. If it detects a person, it sends an alert to the operator. The operator can assess the situation and take necessary action.
Interested readers can fill out the contact form on the company website to request a demo or buy a Burro and Guard Dog attachment. Pricing starts at $19,799 for a Burro and 24 mos. of warranty/support and $2,999 for the Burro Guard Dog attachment.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Burro AI, 421 N. 7th St., Suite 602, Philadelphia, Penn. 19123 (ph 661-379-0047; www.burro.ai).
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