Peppers are a pretty big deal, mostly because they’re delicious. Globally, over 26 million metric tonnes of peppers are produced every year, with Europe’s crops alone amounting to $400 million. However, although picking the fruits is a simple job for a human, it remains highly labor-intensive.
Now, researchers have invented a robot which can do all the hard work for us.While numerous agricultural tasks have already been automated, the vast majority of harvesting in greenhouses is still done by hand.
The robot pepper picker runs on a rail system across the plants and features a snake-like arm and pincers which it users to harvest and store the peppers. Now, for you or me, this would be a simple task, but for robots, it’s an entirely different ballgame.
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