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Nobody picks peppers in America? Agricultural harvesting robots to help

[China] the shortage of agricultural labor is becoming more and more serious. A survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation in the United States last year showed that 55% of the 762 farmers surveyed said they had experienced a shortage of manpower. This is why researchers are now trying to solve this problem with robots

a team of researchers from Europe and Israel built a robot that can pick mature peppers in a greenhouse. The robot prototype is called sweeper, and the project is supported by the European Union as part of its horizon 2020 innovation plan. In order to complete its work, sweeper uses a camera that can recognize the color and distance specified in pepper "guidance". Then computer vision will help the robot determine whether the fruit is ripe, and then decide whether to pick it. If it is determined that the fruit has matured, and the equipment archives are an important basis for realizing the correct use and scientific management of the equipment, sweeper will use a small razor to cut the stem of pepper, then grasp the fruit with "claws" and put it into the following collection basket with the implementation of measures such as capacity reduction policy and supply side reform


researchers said that although they deliberately slowed down the robot's action for safety, it still takes only about 24 seconds to pick a pepper. Sweeper is also equipped with LED lights, so it can work both day and night, and can work for about another 20 hours a day. However, this robot is far from perfect. The accuracy of picking mature fruits is only 61%

sweeper is not the only picking robot. Argobot is testing a robot for picking strawberries. Green robot machine has a cotton picking robot, and the Israeli startup metromotion is studying tomato picking robots. The market research company engine said that by 2025, the agricultural robot market is expected to reach $75billion. The creators of sweeper hope that this robot can not only help solve the shortage of agricultural labor, but also reduce the problem of food corruption. Although sweeper still needs some improvements, the team hopes to provide a commercial version within three to five years

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