Future of soft fruit picking: UK raspberry picking robot

The development of the world’s first raspberry picking robot is gathering pace. UK start up Fieldwork Robotics sets its sights on manufacturing in Britain next year and securing £1 million of further investments.

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The bot’s plucking powers, not limited by growing seasons, can bring in 25,000 raspberries for a 20-hour stint daily stint, compared to human labour’s 15,000 for eight hours. The final version is designed to have four, flexible multi-armed grippers that can grasp simultaneously, guided by cameras and sensors. Raspberries are deposited in trays for sorting according to ripeness, then into punnets before despatch to the supermarkets.

Source: express.co.uk


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