The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) announced that they are currently developing a robot that could apparently detect diseases in plants to help Filipino farmers.
This robot in development will utilize artificial intelligence (AI), as per ASTI Director Franz de Leon. It will be initially used in a banana plantation to help look for diseases that afflicted plants, even at the early onset.
De Leon explained that the current method of detecting diseases on plants requires manual labor that’s also time intensive, and without enough manpower, it’s already too late when something is detected.
The project is called Robot for Optimized and Autonomous Mission-Enhanced Responses, or ROAMER for short. The goal is to help agricultural firms to improve their daily operations using AI technology in computer vision, navigation, and sensing.
ROAMER is being developed by the engineers at ASTI and is initially focused to work on banana plantations.
Project leader Antonion Banzon, the technology should help farmers increase and maximize their yield.
The ROAMER project was given a Php24.7 million budget for a three-year implementation. The project began in June 2021 and is expected to be completed by June 2024.
As of August 2022, the project is in the stage of assessing the mobile robot platform to help determine the most efficient design on a set of characteristics and constraints.