In a greenhouse, a white robot moves in between two rows of leafy greens while data about the plants are gathered and fed back to a control room.
The robot was put to use in east China's Fujian Province, and unlike many other agricultural robots, this one is 5G-enabled.
That means the real-time picture and video transmission has super low latency, which allows the data gathered from the robot's various sensors to be analyzed by AI more efficiently, according to its developer.
Developed by Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FAAS) and Fujian Newland Era Hi-Tech Co., Ltd., the robot is part of their efforts to build an "Autonomous running farms," according to Zhao Jian, deputy head of the digital agriculture institute of FAAS.
With AI algorithms that are being developed by the team, the robot can use the data to determine the plants' health condition, pest control conditions, or even pick fruit with a bionic hand in the future, Zheng Peiqiang, general manager of Newland, said.