U.K. This Fruit-Picking Robot Can Pick Up To 25,000 Raspberries a Day
Raspberry-picking robots are on the horizon, writes May Hanbury at Business Insider. A new robot being developed by Fieldwork Robotics, a spin-out company from Plymouth University, could let farmers pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day. The robot was devised by Dr. Martin Stoelen, a lecturer in robotics at Plymouth University. We first heard about the robot via The Guardian.
The robot uses machine learning techniques to identify “supermarket ripe” raspberries by using its cameras and sensors. Once it has identified a good raspberry to pick, the grippers (which could be loosely compared to barbecue tongs) home in on the fruit and pull it off before placing it into a nearby basket. The technology has cost nearly $900,000 to develop.