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Idaho Researchers See Growing Opportunity For RFID-enabled Robot
- Dec 05, 2016 -

Idaho Researchers See Growing Opportunity for RFID-enabled Robot

Researchers at Idaho-based Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) have created a prototype RFID-enabled robotic system that can carry out farming tasks. Josh Griffin and Duke Balanon, both engineering professors at NNU, are heading a program to develop what they call the IdaBot. The professors launched the project in 2015, with financial support provided by NNU, as well as more than $80,000 in funding from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Grant Program. The project's team also includes two undergraduate students: Richie Grindstaff (a senior engineering student) and Lucas Pomeroy (a junior engineering student).
"The goal of the IdaBot project is to reduce labor costs for specialty crop growers, ease implementation of precision agriculture techniques in specialty crops, increase the productivity of specialty crop laborers and ease the labor shortage strain for specialty crop growers," explains Griffin, citing grapes and onions as examples of specialty crops.

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