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TECH TUESDAY: Smart robotic farmers & NASA lands on asteroid

Plus, amazing new cameras give MLB fans a new pesperctive
Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 20:04:30-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — First, an incredible new robot from Google. As part of their Project Mineral they’ve unveiled robot buggies that roll through farms and inspect individual plants in a field. Farmers are pretty great at what they do, but this thing can count how many strawberries, beans or other crops in each area. It can also measure plant height, leaf area and fruit size. It’s possible this technology could help solve the world hunger problem, helping find the best spots in a field to grow food.

Baseball fans have a whole new angles to enjoy games from thanks to innovative new camera systems. MLB has partnered with T-Mobile to put 5G cellular connections and cameras INSIDE player baseball caps and on bases. For now, fans will be able to see the player perspective during batting practice, but base cameras let us watch the slides, throws and tags from the closest possible vantage point. Eventually those who have virtual reality goggles will be able to completely immerse themselves in the game.

Now on to something that is mind blowing. NASA successfully landed on an ASTEROID. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft, which launched four years ago and is the size of a van, touched down briefly on an asteroid called Bennu, which is bigger than the Empire State Building and traveling at 63,000 miles per hour.

It’s called a "touch and go" landing to collect rocks and dust from the surface to be returned to Earth. They chose this asteroid because it’s a pristine and carbon-rich, carrying the building blocks of planets and life. The descent to the surface took about four hours and the sample collection lasted less than 16 seconds. As of the time of this writing, NASA is working to confirm the scooped sample.