Robot fruit pickers solve decline in manual labor in Europe’s farms

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Researchers seek help in robotics to address the decline in manual labor in fruit picking.

Due to the increasing labor costs in Europe, Robocrop aims to outpace manual labor in fruit picking of over 25,000 raspberries in a day.

With a staggering cost of  £700,000 to develop, Robocrop can seize, grip, and collect fruits in a minute. Moreover, it has sensors, 3D cameras, and machine learning algorithm that allows the robots to pick four fruits at a time in less than 10 seconds.

Furthermore, these robots can work up to 20 hours a day, therefore, addressing the decline in seasonal workers and manual labor.

Source: Julia Kollewe and Rob Davies, The Guardian | Photo by Emma, Flickr

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