Farmers in Japan Use Wolf Robot to Repel Pests

In Japan, to scare deer, wild boar, or other pests, farmers usually use a robot wolf with a scary face equipped with a bright red LED. ‘Super Monster Wolf,’ has a height of 50 cm, length 65 cm, and operates with a battery that can be charged using solar energy.

Quoted Independent, Saturday (10/3), the robot uses motion sensors to detect when other mammals are approaching and roaring to respond to wild boar or deer. Super Monster Wolf can cover distances of up to half a mile and has been used to patrol near the city of Kisarazu, Chiba, as a barrier to pests.

The robot is quite effective in replacing the role of a scarecrow. In addition to gaze like a devil, the creature has hidden fur and a growling rubber jaw. Chikao Umezawa of the Japan Agricultural Cooperative said he had seen a significant reduction in the number of plants eaten by animals since the animals were released.

This robot will enter the mass production stage and will soon be commercially available, retailing for 514,000 yen. Tragically, wolves were extinct in Japan in the early 19th century, but are now needed.

Companies such as Festo and Boston Dynamics have led and produced the development of robotic animals, in the form of penguins, butterfly butterflies and animatronic snakes developed using artificial intelligence. AI represents an interesting proposition for the future of agriculture, with robotic bee colonies used to pollinate flowers to be the last idea that should be quite entertaining.


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