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EARTHDATE: March 18, 2018

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by Hazed

Farmers in Japan have been running trials using a robot wolf to protect their farms, and it’s proving such a success than the “Super Monster Wolf” will be going into mass production next month.

The wolfdroid is 65cm long and 50cm tall. It’s covered in realistic-looking fur and has huge white fangs and flashing red eyes.

It’s goal is to keep wild boars away from rice and chestnut crops. When it detects an approaching animal, its eyes light up and it starts to howl. It has a range of different howling noises so animals don’t get used to it. Its rechargeable batteries run on solar energy and it has an effective radius of about one kilometre.

After tests on a farm in Japan’s eastern Chiba prefecture last July, it was announced that crop losses had noticeably decreased.

Now the Super Monster Wolf is going into mass production. Each robot will cost about 514,000 yen ($4,840; £3,480) but farmers will also be able to lease the bots on a monthly basis.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-43303781

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