This is the farm at California-based Iron Ox industries. This robotic arm keeps its artificial intelligence eyes on these greens, makes sure they’re well cared for and have room to grow.
At Iron Ox, we built the first production robotic farm.What that means is we’re using robotics and AI to grow better produce and make it more accessible than everybody. And this is Argos. Argos is responsible for moving the plants from plot to plot, making sure each plant has enough space to grow. We have a 1,000 pound mobile robot, lovingly named Angus,that navigates our farm, autonomously picks up one of these hydroponic rail modules and then brings them over to this robotic arm. And then the robotic arms uses things like computer vision that can actually see in 3-D,so it looks at the module know through what the plant are and it does whatever the task is, like... like harvesting or transplanting. You can’t see the red coloration yet...It is really a fairly simple plan.
The team plants lots of seedlings and as they grow they get more space, and that is where Iron Ox engineers say their robotics systems really shine. We pack the lettuce and herbs in as closely as we can, but as they get bigger, we actually scale them out and space them apart. And that’s called transplanting. Other firms do that but it’s a tedious repetitive task today whereas our robots are doing it every day, all day. The result is an easily scalable farm. In urban settings, Iron Ox is looking to expand all across the United States. Right now we’re focused on business to business, selling product to local chefs and restaurants, serving the local community as well as donating a portion of our produce to local food banks. As we start to grow, we are looking at doing nationwide coverage and building farms outside of every major city to better serve them very local high quality produce. Similar labs have been tried and abandoned but Iron Ox is hoping to prove that these kinds of startups can be successful.
该团队种植了大量的幼苗，随着幼苗的生长，它们将会有足够的生长空间，Iron Ox工程师说这就是他们的机器人系统真正发挥作用的地方。我们尽可能紧密地把莴苣和草药包装在一起，但当它们长大时，我们就会把它们分开，这就是所说的移植。其他公司也有这么做的，但是他们只是机械性地重复这件枯燥的事件，但是我们的机器人却可以每天不断地这样做，所以我们的农场可以很轻松地扩大规模。在城市环境下，Iron Ox正寻求在美国各地扩张。我们目前专注于B2B，此外还向当地厨师和餐馆销售产品，为当地社区服务，并将我们的部分产品捐赠给当地食品行。随着我们的产品不断做大，我们正在考虑将其覆盖全国，在每个大城市之外建立农场，以便更好地为他们提供当地的高质量农产品。类似的实验室也曾尝试过这项举动，但是并未成功，然而Iron Ox希望证明这类初创企业是可以获得成功的。
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