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Vision-Guided Robots Pick Ripe Strawberries in Seconds

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HOLLY O'DELL, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Despite the fact that America’s consumption of strawberries is rising, fewer agricultural workers are available to pick them, creating a growing labor shortage in the strawberry fields. Picking strawberries is hard, hot work, and few want to do it. This combination of fewer workers and undesirable work is driving up the cost of these popular berries, of which Americans consume a record 3.4 lbs per person every year. To bridge the gap between labor shortages and higher demand, Harvest CROO Robotics (HCR) of Tampa, Fla., has developed a GPS-guided robotic harvester designed to use...Read full article

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