Dogtooth Technologies Developing Autonomous, Fruit-Picking Robots

Published by , September 3, 2018 2:43 pm

(CambridgeIndependent) Dogtooth Technologies in Melbourne Australia is developing a new fleet of fruit-picking robots that will navigate autonomously down polytunnels, find ripe strawberries, carefully pick them, perform a visual inspection and place those suitable for sale in a punnet.
The robot navigates autonomously and searches for fruit that is ready for picking. It then determines how to pick that fruit and uses a special robot arm end effector to both cut the fruit from the plant and grip it securely. Dogtooth’s patent-pending approach snips the stalk just above the leafy calyx – which, incidentally, is edible and contains antioxidants – at the top of the strawberry.

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