Thursday, June 21, 2007

Fruit-picking robots closer to reality

It looks like Vision Robotics' would-be fleet of agriculture robots is
getting a little closer to reality, with the previous crude 2D sketches
of 'em now replaced with slightly less crude 3D models (among other
developments). Last we heard from the company, its scout robot was
still a long ways from hitting the farm, but Wired News is now
reporting that Vision expects to have a prototype of it ready sometime
next year, with the larger harvester bot expected to follow two or
three years after that. As before, the company plans to have the scout
robots plot out the best fruit-picking route, which the harvester would
then follow, grabbing hard to reach fruit with the utmost delicacy --
no doubt picking up a few humans' jobs along the way.

Article Link (Engadget)

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