Japanese researchers have developed work to help farmers who grow fruit. Equipped with artificial intelligence, the robot is able to pick apples and pears at almost the same speed as humans do. Each limb of the robot has three “fingers” with which the fruit is taken. The robot is mounted on an autonomous golf car.
Technology that uses artificial intelligence determines whether the fruit is ripe for harvest, by color and other parameters. It takes about 11 seconds to remove each fruit – about the same as a human collector.
According to one of the experts of the National Organization for Agricultural and Food Research, he wants to improve this work to reduce the burden on farmers. He expressed hope that more young people would be interested in agriculture, as fruit growers are aging and labor shortages are lacking.