U.K. This Fruit-Picking Robot Can Pick Up To 25,000 Raspberries a Day

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.

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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.

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