Agricultural Aid from… Robots?Robotics offer promising new innovations that are making waves in agriculture and landscaping industries. Farmers and greenhouse owners are using robotic innovations to help with labor shortages, maximize production, and save money. Take a look at popular crowd founding websites for a glimpse at what the future holds.Picking and Harvesting ProduceThese robots use vacuums to pick apples, and are able to gently remove them from trees in large quantities.A firm called Abundant Robotics is building a robotic apple picker with the help of a $10 million investment from GV (formerly Google Ventures). Here is a YouTube video showing their robot vacuuming apples off trees.In an article for Tech Crunch, CEO Dan Steere explained: “It’s very difficult to locate fruit that’s ready to be picked within a canopy and then retrieve it without turning it into apple sauce.” Yet, tha...
By now, most
everyone is familiar with the concept of crowdfunding, and many have probably
backed innovative or quirky products that caught their eye after a viral marketing
video popped up on their newsfeed. There is no doubt that crowdfunding is an
exciting new way of turning ideas into reality. But for green industries such
as horticulture, agriculture, and environmental sustainability, crowdfunding
may very well be altering them entirely by giving them a more prominent place
in online culture.The crowdfunding market is predicted to
hit $90 billion in volume by 2020, according to Industry Leaders Magazine. Thousands
of products and ideas that might otherwise have never seen success are being
brought to fruition by crowdfunding campaigns. But crowdfunding is not a
financial slam dunk. A successful crowdfunding campaign involves hours of work,
an excellent marketing team, target audiences, and excit...