Apple picking Robot
A possible solution comes from the Campus of Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa ID. , An amazing Ag innovation…
That not only furthers Ag but solves a growing problem…a labor problem.
NNU got a $132-thosand specialty crop grant from the State Department of Agriculture to develop an apple-picking robot.
The goal of the project is to develop an orchard robot (OrBot) that can be programmed to assist with harvesting fruit. Engineering student Marina DeVleig:
“So it runs through a color filter and usually takes photos of fruit’s position and when it runs through the color filter it does it based off an RGB threshold, object shape and size, it detects the apple and filters out by the biggest apple, from that finds the center and that controls the PID filter.”
The research team is well on its way to perfecting the delivery system.