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New device helps determine kiwi taste before picking

Kiwifruit growers could have a new and productive tool at their disposal. Industrial designer William Lockwood-Geck’s hand-held scanner which measures the quality of the fruit, is already attracting attention.

Called the Harvest Manager 300, the scanner helps growers identify when the fruit is ready to be picked and also promises to be a cost-saving as much as a time-saving device.

His conceptual design is part of the end-of-year Exposure exhibition being staged by final year students at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, which opens at the Wellington campus on Friday, November 10, 2017.

The front end of the device rests against the skin of the hanging fruit, transferring the data to a display that is angled to face the user. The information transferred can be used to determine the fruits taste levels, for which the sector provides different levels of taste payment – an incentive to growers to focus on growing higher quality fruit, rather than on producing high volumes of fruit.

The information allows growers to better determine when it is the best possible time to pick their fruit to receive maximum taste payments.

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