John Deere’s newest combine received high praise from the innovation award judges at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show last week.
Normally held in Las Vegas in early January, this year’s version of CES was held virtually.
The X Series combine received the top award — the “Best of Innovation” seal — in the robotics category, among a plethora of non-agricultural entries.
Deere highlighted the automated aspects of the new combines in its entry, including the ActiveVision camera system designed to help see inside the combine’s grain tank and observe tailings so they can monitor the condition of harvested grain.
According to the CES contest rules, the robotics category focuses on “programmable or otherwise intelligent machines capable of performing specific tasks or replicating human movement or interactions.” The prizes are determined by a panel of judges, including engineers, designers, and tech media.
(Deere’s X-Series machines also received a less prestigious CES award from the IT security news outlet Threat Post, which highlighted concerns about right-to-repair and Deere’s use of proprietary technology and hardware).