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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the I-for-one-welcome-our-new-Chainsaw-Bot-overlords dept.

Sir Garlon writes:

"Researchers in Japan have developed a chainsaw-wielding robot that climbs trees and prunes off limbs. Such pruning is currently done by humans, who can't always use a cherry picker and sometimes have to climb the tree and operate the chainsaw one-handed. That is, not surprisingly, rather dangerous. The robot is still experimental, and it's remotely operated, not fully autonomous. But it's an impressive gadget none the less. Robots with chainsaws, what could possibly go wrong? Linked article includes video."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by frojack on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:00PM

    by frojack (1554) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:00PM (#7514) Journal

    Dude: Its a forestry tool. Its not for urban trees.

    Think tree farms: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/63 /Pinus_taeda_plantation.jpg [wikimedia.org]

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  • (Score: 1) by Rivenaleem on Thursday February 27 2014, @10:57AM

    by Rivenaleem (3400) on Thursday February 27 2014, @10:57AM (#7885)

    Also, a farmed forest WILL have telegraph straight trees in it, all the stunted ones being pruned away and any branches that impact the direction of growth also removed.