Sunday, June 21, 2009

RoboTrac, Future Robotic Farmhand

Calling the Valtra RoboTrac a tractor is a bit deceptive. That's because it's also a robot, and it's much smaller than its industrious cousins. It's a fully programmable, automated farmhand that is designed to round out a farm team with whatever it's lacking. It can perform anything a farmer may need from tilling, plowing, disking, planting, harrowing, spraying, weeding, and other similar tasks. And, thanks to its small size, it can work the fields without wrecking them, all the while providing a loyal, preprogrammed source of labor.

It’s small size is handy because it can work the fields without wrecking them to bits. It will pay for itself in no time since it cuts down on farmhands. A few more bots like this and the farm is going to be a lonely place of boredom, broken only by cows mooing at robots and the occasional UFO stealing the cows.

Hannes Seeberg is an industrial designer from Estonia, and graduated from the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden.

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