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Robots Take On Strawberry Picking

This award winning robot developed by Japan’s National Agricultural and Food Research Organization [JP] is programmed to delicately pluck individual strawberries
from the vine, snipping the stalks of the berries and dropping them into a padded crate. Not only that, the robot can also select perfectly ripe berries using a pair of cameras and special software which detect the proper color and the precise position of each berry in three dimensions.

Currently, the device only works with strawberries, but has the potential to work with other types of produce as well. Early testing results have shown that the robots could help reduce harvesting times by about 40%. Check out a video after the break.

(Diginfo via Technabob)

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