US: Walmart files patent for 'pollination drone'

Earlier this month, Walmart filed a patent for a “Pollination Drone” that would be capable of pollinating flowers and crops the same way a bee would. The drone would be fitted with cameras and sensors to identify pollen in one flower before taking it to another.

The robo-bees would also have “sticky bristles” that can extract the pollen and keep it held until the Pollination Drone arrives at another flower.

The Pollination Drone was one of six patents filed by Walmart. All were centered on farming to help the company compete with Amazon in the fresh food market.

Also patented was machine learning to try to track pests as well as monitor crop health. The drones would then be able to spray pesticides and fly by birds to scare them away.

Read more at Newsweek (James Hetherington)

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