Multi-arm fruit robot to pioneer the automation of fresh fruit harvesting
Even though machines have replaced human hands in a lot of farm jobs, fruit farming continues to rely on humans. However, this also leaves fresh fruit tree growers exposed to labour shortages as well as rising labour and production costs. What is more, between 10-15 % of a yield may be inadvertently bruised by human pickers. Automation in fresh fruit harvesting is now emerging as an alternative. The FFRobot, a pioneering multi-arm fruit harvesting robot, is fitted with computerised vision, image processing software and appropriate algorithms. It can move automatically among the orchard rows and pick a variety of fresh fruits without human involvement. The EU-funded ROBOHARVEST project will prepare for the robot's commercialisation by demonstrating its operative functionality and cost-efficiency.
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