IIT Kharagpur has designed a robotic system capable of identifying the diseases plaguing plants through camera-captured image analysis.
The robotic system consists of a tracked vehicle suitable for negotiating rough terrain field, a device mounted on the tracked vehicle capable of holding the camera and pesticide spraying nozzle, a pesticide spraying module, and camera-based vision module, an institute spokesperson said on Thursday.
Prof D K Pratihar, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering who is leading this innovative project said, “Our device can detect the plant diseases using camera and image analysis and consequently remove it.” He said this will help the farmers detect the disease accurately in their plants.
Again use of such a device instead of manual operation of spraying pesticide will protect the farmers from related probable health hazards, Pratihar said.
Talking about the potential of such technologies IIT Kharagpur Director, Prof V K Tewari, an expert in