A team of international research experts led by the University of Edinburgh recently developed the Trimbot gardening robot, which not only completes the day-to-day work of the garden, but also prunes roses and bushes. Agricultural robots have attracted widespread attention in recent years, while garden-oriented robots face many challenges, such as more user-friendly horticultural design, a variety of precise navigation and so on.
Trimbot’s gardening robots are built on Bosch’s lawn mowers and help the elderly or disabled take care of their gardens. The prototype features five pairs of stereoscopic cameras for 3D mapping and a flexible robotic arm capable of handling a variety of gardening tasks.
Before you start working, Trimbot needs to be programmed to understand the approximate geographic extent of the garden, and the computer vision system then optimizes the garden details to help the robot navigate. The Trimbot gardening robot presets a number of algorithms to optimize the captured garden conditions for proper pruning and cutting.
Professor Bob Fisher, of the School of Informatics, said: “Getting robots to work reliably in real gardens is a major engineering achievement. Eight team of partners have developed new robotics and 3D computer vision technologies that enable them to work outdoors under changing lighting and environmental conditions. “