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Strawberry Fields Forever... in 3D

Maybe you will soon eat strawberries picked by a 3D vision equipped robot at a rate of 9 seconds per berry...

The Institute of Agricultural Machinery at Japan’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, along with Seiko, has developed a robot that can select and harvest strawberries based on their color. Ripened berries are detected using the robot’s stereoscopic cameras, and analyzed to measure how red they appear. When the fruit is ready to come off the vine, the robot quickly locates it in 3D space and cuts it free.

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This artificial agriculturalist was recently recognized by the 4th Annual Robot Award of the Year in Japan. You can see why in the videos in the paper below.

Read the paper (and look at the video !) here in SingularityHub.