Idaho Researchers See Growing Opportunity for RFID-enabled Robot

By Nathaniel Prince

The team is integrating an Impinj UHF reader and a variety of sensors into its IdaBot prototype, which is designed to help specialty crop growers reduce labor costs and increase productivity.

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Researchers at Idaho-based Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) have created a prototype RFID-enabled robotic system that can carry out farming tasks. Josh Griffin and Duke Balanon, both engineering professors at NNU, are heading a program to develop what they call the IdaBot. The professors launched the project in 2015, with financial support provided by NNU, as well as more than $80,000 in funding from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture's Spe...

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