"A 122-year-old dairy equipment company has used embedded Linux
in a robotic cow-milking system (the system is robotic, not the
cows). The Voluntary Milking System (VMS) allows cows to decide
when to be milked, and gives dairy farmers a more independent
lifestyle, free from regular milkings, the company says.
"DeLaval was started in 1883 by Swedish inventor Gustaf de
Laval. It sells a variety of dairy supply and 'cow comfort'
products aimed at increasing dairy yields. It claims to lead the
automatic milking machine market, with a 53 percent share, and says
it has sold more than 1,000 VMSs, in all European countries,
Canada, Japan, and Mexico..."
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