October 3, 2013
A robot that picks ripe strawberries while farmers sleep has been unveiled with claims it could cut workloads by two-thirds.
The device, unveiled Wednesday, can pick a piece of fruit every eight seconds by using three cameras to determine which strawberries are ready to pick. A mechanized arm then darts out to snip each one free and place it into its basket.
The 2-meter robot moves on rails between rows of strawberries, which in Japan are usually grown in elevated greenhouse planters.
It â€ścalculates the degree of ripeness from the color of the strawberry, which it observes with two digital cameras,â€ť said Mitsutaka Kurita, an official at Shibuya Seiki, the developer of the machine.
This article was posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 4:32 am