SuniTAFE SMART Farm is found some 16 km from the centre of Mildura. The farm acts is a training and research facility, implementing the latest innovations and best practices of digital farming. Now, SuniTAFE has acquired an Australian designed and produced agricultural robot called The Digital Farmhand.
The Digital Farmhand was developed by The University of Sydney’s robotics development arm Agerris. Being described as a “drone on wheels”, the machine can carry out a number of tasks including spraying and weeding with ‘surgical precision’ when fitted with the appropriate add-ons. Other capabilities include digital mapping, assessing plant health and providing yield estimations.
According to solarquotes.com.au¸ the Digital Farmhand has a battery life of 7-10 hours, but that can be extended to up to 15 hours with on-board solar panels. It can be remotely controlled or operated in autonomous mode, has the power to carry or tow up to 200 kg and a speed of 6 km per hour