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The Development of the Fully Automatic Watering Devices for Phalaenopsis

Author:Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, COA

Improved from previous self-propelled watering machine, the new Phalaenopsis full-automatic watering machine detects the position of each plant by the laser scanner (single dimension) beside motor on array-based one-way water discharge valve. Each detecting unit consists of 4 motors for controller which identifies pot position by height of laser reflection, and then algorithm system signals the motor to launch watering procedure. In addition, the Power wheels and moving wheel must be changed and pushed by hands has been modified to mecanum wheels that go both lateral and longitudinal directions, the remote-control system has been incorporated as well, therefore saves time and labor.