The farmer robots arrive: they pick the fruit directly from the tree like a human farmer


The automation of industrial processes is not a new phenomenon. For decades, the most entrenched sectors in advanced societies and new companies have based their growth on the robotization and mechanization of some of their tasks. And this has allowed significant cost savings while contributing to the welfare of the worker. With the implosion of new advances in artificial intelligence, the future of the economy begins to emerge in the figure of robots of all kinds.

Agriculture, in addition, has been one of the sectors where these advances have had the most impact. The field has been incorporating numerous technological advances, which must be added the new batch of robots capable of collecting fruit directly from the tree with the same precision and sensitivity of the human hand. An interesting project of the Australian Field Robots Center of the University of Sydney (Australia) has put precisely that focus on this very traditional sector.

And they have several curious proposals whose mission is to collect food products quickly and effectively. And with the addition of being permanently working. Some of their robots, for example, work by solar power. Some photovoltaic cells allow them to operate in agricultural fields and tree crops.

Thus, prototypes called Rippa or Ladybird allow to use autonomous technologies to make decisions quickly in high density farms. Robots farmers of great precision. One of the most curious is a machine that can take a piece of fruit from a tree and, without damaging it, deposit it directly in a box for storage.

But, in addition to this task, it is programmed to "learn" from the state of the products, distinguishing, even if it is mature or not. In addition to collecting, the center has robots prepared to flee, plow the land or manage livestock. The center intends to launch commercial versions of its robots next year. It is a very ambitious project and more taking into account that the global market of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence grows globally to 7 trillion dollars in 2018 and is expected to reach more than 26 trillion dollars in the year 2023.

There are many companies involved in this sector. One of them, Small Robot Company, has begun distributing more productive and autonomous machines that could say goodbye in the coming years to the classic tractors. Given the scant interest of workers in performing tasks of agriculture in recent decades, there are initiatives, even, that have managed to grow and care for lettuces by robots. A scenario that will be repeated in the very near future. . (tagsToTranslate) robot (t) pick up (t) fruit


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