Harvesting robots can bring a breakthrough in agriculture

Human labor has become very expensive, while sensors and cameras have now become cheap enough.

Researchers at the University of Plymouth in May 2019 unveiled a raspberry picking robot that could compete with humans and harvest fruit much faster than they do. Daeun Choi, of Pennsylvania State University and colleagues, have developed a harvesting robot that doesn’t pick unripe apples, pears and other fruits thanks to its LED light source.

It is now based in Constance Organifarms a harvesting robot created, which can help vertical farms and agriculture to make a breakthrough. The smart machine scans the crops with a 360-degree camera, assesses their ripeness and, if necessary, harvests, sorts and packs them. The whole process takes 8 seconds per fruit.

The startup has created a number of robots for plant protection and fruit monitoring. The aim is to make agriculture better, more efficient and more sustainable. Sociologist Hannah Brown, co-founder of the business, said indoor farms are simply needed because outdoor conditions are getting worse due to climate change and therefore more and more poor products.

Brown visited British, French and Dutch farms and researched what might be the ideal solution for production. It has been found that current indoor farms operate at high energy and labor costs. This can change, but Dominik Feiden, head and co-founder of Organifarms, says it is not yet clear how the process can be implemented without human intervention. It is also a fact that sensors, cameras and other systems have now become cheap enough.

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