World’s first pepper picking robot may start farming revolution

Farming is currently backbreaking work that is still largely reliant on human labour around the world and it remains an ongoing tragedy that farms often grow more than they can harvest due to lack of manpower and crops often die before they can be consumed.

This robot from the CROPS project in 2015 may have been at the forefront to change all of that.  The pepper-picking robot, which runs on a rail system across a greenhouse, has a snake-like arm with pincers. To harvest a pepper, it first uses cameras to find a pepper. Once a target has been identified, its colour is analysed to tell if it is ripe, and the robot begins to move its articulated arm.

The robot uses a continuous stream of snapshots to direct its movements, until it has grasped the fruit and removed it with a retractable cutter.

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