Agrobot

AI is already changing agricultural landscape

Agrobot is an autonomous robotic harvester that’s poised to revolutionize the agriculture industry. It works with the world’s leading farmers to automate berry harvesting through the power of artificial intelligence.

Agrobot uses deep learning to determine when to pick fruit at its ripest. Up to 24 robotic arms grip and cut the fruit from its stem to meet the farmer’s quality standards. Agrobot uses a 3D sensing scanner with short-range integrated color and infrared depth sensors to capture the details and identify when fruit is ready for the picking.

Agrobot, powered by NVIDIA Jetson, currently assesses individual strawberries for harvesting using semantic segmentation. This method relies on a convolutional neural network to classify each pixel of the incoming image as belonging to the ‘strawberry’ class or not. However, if strawberries overlap in the image, then semantic segmentation isn’t enough. Agrobot is looking at extending their system to perform instance segmentation where each strawberry is unique.

According to forbes.com, agriculture will continue to evolve through the help of AI and automating processes will have interesting and useful benefits  to society, lowering costs and helping farmers reap the fruits of their labor all year round.

Agrobot can be seen in this episode of the ‘I am AI’ docuseries:


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