December 29, 2003

'Robot Tarzan' helps forest work

A fearless mobile robot is helping scientists monitor environmental changes in forests.

The hi-tech Tarzan of the robot world, nicknamed Treebot, is the first of its kind to combine networked sensors, a webcam, and a wireless net link.

It is solar-powered and moves up and down special cables to take samples and measurements for vital analysis.

Treebot has been developed by scientists at the US Centre for Embedded Network Sensing in California.

Pinpoint precision

Programmed with open-source computer code, Linux, the Treebot is a vital addition to researchers' environmental monitoring kit, according to one of
the project leaders, Professor William Kaiser.



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