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App-happy Students Focus on Ag

App-happy Students Focus on Ag

Instead of coding computer games, a group of Western Australian students is focusing their skills on an app project with the Department of Agriculture and Food of Western Australia (DAFWA). “We just join together … and swap ideas on what to code and how to code it, and we take [the students’] experience with various bits and pieces of coding, and bits and pieces of hardware, to make up some real-life experiences,” DAFWA weeds research officer John Moore says. “So, instead of looking for monsters or other undesirable things in games, and shooting them, we say, ‘Well, go out and look for some weeds or some snails or some insects or some noxious weeds and then get a robot to go out and kill them. The sorts of things you’re doing in games we need to do in agriculture.”

net.au