Ingenious Israeli company Tevel has developed fruit-picking bots to speed and streamline harvesting, able to pick fruit even from the tops of trees up to five metres high. Tevel claims the return on investment is an impressive three weeks.
CRC participant UNSW is known for prodigious research output in science, technology and engineering – as evidenced by this year’s Research Superstar rankings. QUT’s no slouch in the STEM stakes, either.
An autonomous pollinating robot designed by Israeli company Arugga is being trialled at Costa Group’s multi-million-dollar Tomato Exchange facility in Guyra, NSW.
The Federal Government has pledged $2.9 million to a multi-partner project under the new ‘Kelpie’ CRC-P that aims to automate the labour-intensive job of controlling weeds in pasture.
A new learning system being trialled by Google AI researchers ‘could represent the first steps (sorry) toward robots that learn to move not thanks to exhaustive coding, but by watching videos of animals running and jumping’, says WIRED writer Matt Simon in this fascinating read.
US start-up Covariant.ai has released a new gen of industrial ‘bin-picking’ robots into warehouses, impressing some of the world’s biggest names in tech.
In the quest to cut food miles, cover less costly acreage and leave ever-smaller carbon footprints, food businesses are innovating like there’s no tomorrow.
And while we’re on the subject, check out AgFunder News’ round-up of some of the troop of agricultural robots that showed off their smart moves at the annual International Forum of Agricultural Robotics (known by its French acronym, FIRA) in Toulouse in December 2019.