The robots are coming

11/09/2012 02:01:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Purdue also has apple tree pruning in its sights. That project will model trees and how they should be pruned, with the aim of beginning design work on a robotic pruner.

Actually building a robotic apple pruner, however, will have to wait for another round of grants, researchers say. Once the difficult work on an apple pruner is done, though, it should be easier to tweak the technology for plums, peaches, cherries and other tree fruit.

It’s all still a ways down the road, but growers can hope.

And at the rate immigration reform is going, who knows — Congress may pass landmark legislation the same month growers put in the first generation of robot pruners. (Circa 2018?)

Email anelson@thepacker.com.


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The Terrible    
Texas  |  November, 15, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Awesome, I was talking to someone at the office about seeing robots supplanting human pickers . In an unrelated subject, I'm waiting for the day someone develops robotic politicians, so they program them how to stay within their party convictions and avoid all the other crap we've just been put through. Amen robots!

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