Scary robot lumberjack makes deforestation too easy. (boing boing, 11/16/2015)
Find out more at the Kesla website.
And here's the brochure, which doesn't use the word 'robot'.
If you look at the video closely, you'll see a human operator inside of the excavator. But the Kesla 28RH basically fits Merriam-Webster's definition of a 'robot': a machine that can do the work of a person and that works automatically or is controlled by a computer.
The word 'computer' appears 3 times in the brochure:
- The computer controlled pressure adjustment is based on tree diameter ensuring optimal clamping force throughout the feeding; the feed rollers’ grip and delimbing power is maximized without wasting energy on unnecessary clamping.
- The computer-controlled hydCON length measuring wheel follows the timber surface precisely in all conditions which significantly improves measuring accuracy.
- The accessory package includes feeding rollers and delimbing knives specifically designed for eucalyptus tree, as well as special software for measuring computer.