Robocrop: world's first raspberry-picking robot set to work
The farming industry battles rising labour cost and a shortage of seasonal workers due to the Brexit, Robocrop is part of the solution.
In the UK, the farming industry battles rising labour cost and a shortage of seasonal workers due to the Brexit. In order to battle these shortages, farmers are investing in automation, one example in the berry robot from Hall Hunter (one of Britain's main berry growers). The robot uses sensors and 3D cameras to recognize the berry and thanks to machine learning is able to pick the berry, this entire process takes 1 minute. But since robots do not have to take breaks they outperform the 8-hour shifts from humans by 10 000 berries a day. The biggest challenge for the robot is the light since this makes it more difficult for the 3D cameras to recognize the berries.