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Kota teen creates AI robot to check soil health, water crops

February 9, 2024

In the city of Kota, situated in the state of Rajasthan, India, a remarkable 17-year-old named Aryan Singh has engineered a groundbreaking agricultural solution—a versatile robot known as the AgRobot. Aryan’s creation serves a multitude of purposes, aiding farmers in assessing crucial aspects such as soil health, crop condition, water requirements, and pest detection.

The genesis of this innovative AgRobot took place at Aryan’s school’s Atal Tinkering Lab, a facility established as part of a central government initiative aimed at nurturing the building skills of school children. Hailing from a family deeply rooted in agriculture, Aryan’s motivation sprang from witnessing his grandparents and parents toil in the fields. This personal connection to farming fueled a four-year endeavor resulting in the development of the AgRobot, an achievement that earned him the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar in the science and technology category.

Aryan’s creation integrates cutting-edge technology, featuring cameras for crop analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) for multifunctional capabilities, including cutting, irrigation, loading, and soil tracking. As the son of a farmer, Aryan keenly recognized the labor-intensive nature of agriculture and sought to alleviate the burden on farmers through his technological innovation.

Notably, the AgRobot is fully powered by solar energy, with a piezoelectric panel utilizing pressure to generate electricity. This sustainable approach ensures that the robot operates seamlessly even in the absence of direct sunlight. Furthermore, Aryan has incorporated remote controllability into the AgRobot, leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT). This feature enables farmers to manage and monitor their fields remotely, offering a practical solution for those overseeing agricultural activities from a distance.

The significance of Aryan’s invention extends beyond its technological prowess; it represents a tangible solution to challenges faced by his own family in agriculture. The AgRobot’s capabilities include spreading seeds, irrigation, and assessing soil health, contributing to increased efficiency and reduced manual labor for farmers.

Having secured initial funding from iStart, a flagship startup initiative of the Rajasthan government, Aryan is optimistic about the AgRobot entering the market within a year. The robot’s potential impact on agriculture is not lost on Aryan’s mentor, Prakesh Soni, who emphasizes its practical applications, from remotely operating water pumps for irrigation to monitoring and safeguarding fields.

In the eyes of Ankit Rathi, Director of SR Public School in Kota, where Aryan’s journey began, the AgRobot is not just a prototype; it marks the commencement of a promising venture. Offers for investment in the manufacturing of the AgRobot have already started to pour in, reflecting the widespread recognition of Aryan’s talent and the potential of his creation. With determination and ingenuity, Aryan Singh’s AgRobot stands as a testament to the transformative power of technology in addressing real-world challenges within the agricultural landscape.

Source: PTI

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