Linux powers robotic cow-milking machine (LinuxDevices.com)
Posted Oct 25, 2005 16:43 UTC (Tue) by zblaxell
In reply to: Linux powers robotic cow-milking machine (LinuxDevices.com)
Parent article: Linux powers robotic cow-milking machine (LinuxDevices.com)
1: In the article they do claim to clean the teats before and after milking (I'm still trying to grab the video files, but I have visions of something like a car wash underbody spray).
2: There is supposedly some performance monitoring software which reports changes in milk quantity (I'm looking for the word "quality"...and I don't see it. I think I'll be finding milk a little less appetizing for a while). I also wonder how less automated dairy operations cope with bad things heading toward the tank even with manual labor connecting up the cows. Isn't there some testing of the milk in isolation before it goes into the big tanks?
3: That would depend on the quality of the image processing software...or maybe you have to tattoo registration marks on the bottom of the cow. ;-)
I also wonder what happens to cows who for whatever reason just refuse to use the machines, or cows who for whatever reason are refused by the machines. Probably these machines are targeting the easiest 99% of the milking tasks and leaving the rest to humans...if so, I can imagine people wandering through a herd trying to find the one full cow who didn't get to the machine...
I'm mostly impressed that they can intercept moving teats in real time with just a 200MHz processor. Think of the applications of that kind of technology on, say, a P2P network. ;-)
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