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Google's Project Mineral is a Revolution in Agro Industry

Published Mon, Oct 19 2020 07:51 am
by The Silicon Trend


Google Reveals Mineral Crop- Inspecting Prototype Robots that can Inspect Individual Plant

Google’s Parent company Alphabet has unveiled prototype robots that can inspect the plants in a field individually. Robots will help farmers to examine crops to decide how to get better yields. The Robots using its upright pillars of buggies to walk over the field to not disturbing them. 


The Project and its Goal

Project Mineral – is an initial part of the X company of Alphabet which aims to pioneer world-changing technology that could help the agricultural sector at large. The main goal of this project is to address the World’s increasing need for food and the sustainability of growing it. But the current tools are not that informative to the farmers they need. 

Another goal of this project is to collect a huge amount of data about how the crops are growing. For this, they used the buggies to analyze every nooks and corner of the plants to help farmers in looking after their fields.

The mineral is aimed at developing new technologies to help build a more sustainable resilient and productive food system.  It tries to find how effectively food resources can be provided to the entire world by producing crops efficiently and also helping farmers to understand growth cycles and weather patterns.


Current Methodology of Farming

The demand for food is playing a challenging role in this world today.  To conquer this problem, we need to know the changes in what we grow? And how we grow? The conventional methods of farming, systematize the management of crops. Typically, we follow a uniformed method of growing pattern for most of the crops on per acre or per hundred-acre basis.  with more chemicals and fertilizers to avoid pests, weeds, and diseases.


Mineral Crops- Inspecting Project

Project lead Elliott Grant wrote, “What if every single plant could be monitored and given exactly the nutrition it needed?” What if we could untangle the genetic and environmental drivers of crop yield?" He added that better tools will enable the agriculture industry to transfigure how the food is growing

When the same crops are grown considerably, they become less resistant to pests and diseases. Also, the immense use of fertilizers and pesticides have an unpropitious impact on the nutritional value of soil. Eventually, the food product becomes unhealthy.

To meet this challenging food production, the team has designed low-emitting electric-powered buggies contour with solar panels to gather plant-level cognizance.  The advanced core cameras and perception of machine assist to point out issues in the field and examine the attributes of plants.

When the farmers are informative about the soil content and weather condition then these buggy robots will inspect how the plants are growing and responding to the environment.


The Vision of this Project Mineral

With the help of buggies, the team follows up with the data collected by the Robots to form a new tool being needed to manage the staggering complication in farming. Project lead Elliot Grant said literally and figuratively we have been developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based on Artificial Intelligence, simulation, sensors, robotics, etc.


Recorded Reports

"Over the past few years, the plant buggy has trundled through strawberry fields in California and soybean fields in Illinois, gathering high-quality images of each plant and counting and classifying every berry and every bean", a report said.

Literally, the buggy can also monitor the height of the plant, area of leaves, and size of fruits. All this information is collectively plugged into a machine learning system to spot perfect specimen and perceptions, benefits to farmers.


Project Review

"Putting robots in the fields makes an awful lot of sense, it is really efficient and effective."

                                                                                                               --- Ian Drew, Tech Founder.

As this project unveils the tools for farmers it makes them understand how plants are growing and reacting to the environment. Which in turn result in reducing the chemicals and fertilizers to optimize the resource of water. It also helps to restore the fertility of the soil and enhance their productivity.