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Machine vision in agriculture

J. Gouws
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 15, No 4 | a649 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v15i4.649 | © 1996 J. Gouws | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 1996 | Published: 11 July 1996

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J. Gouws,, South Africa

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This paper provides an overview of the use of machine vision in agriculture. Agriculture is practised in a more natural environment than most industrial undertakings, implying that agricultural automation requires robotic systems with well developed sensory abili­ties. For such systems, machine vision is an essential component. In this paper examples are used to show that the use of machine vision is already widespread in agriculture, and that there are many more potential applications for this technology. It is also indicated that machine vision in agriculture does not only hold potential financial advantages, but that it can also contribute to improved quality of life for agricultural workers, and even for farm animals.


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