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Agricultural drone surveying the land, transmitting information back to the farm's "control room".

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, may operate autonomously (say, by on-board computers) or by remote control. Some open source hardware efforts exist (some links below).

Agricultural Drones

Drones are increasing used in agriculture for functions such as information gathering. Many other future possibilities exist (e.g. seeding, (foliar) spraying, "drone sheepdog", etc.).

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Status of Open Source Hardware