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Japan: Harvesting Robots to Help Aging Farmers and Shortage of Labor

Recent footage shows agricultural robot co-developed by National Research Institute Agricultural Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University, and automobile parts manufacturer Denso harvesting apples in Japan’s orchards.

Recent footage shows agricultural robot co-developed by National Research Institute Agricultural Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University, and automobile parts manufacturer Denso harvesting apples in Japan’s orchards. The robot is pulled by a self-driving golf cart to move through the fields, with three claws attached to two arms to grab and harvest fruits such as apples and pears. Using AI technology, the camera captures colouring and other features to determine if the fruit is suitable for picking. It takes about 11 seconds to obtain one fruit, which is about the same operation speed as a human being. Shinnosuke Kusaba of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization said, “We would like to make further improvements so that young people are attracted to fruit tree production sites, which have been witnessing aging and labor shortages.” (Source)


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1 comment on “Japan: Harvesting Robots to Help Aging Farmers and Shortage of Labor

  1. Nowadays it is high time for every industry to join global technological progress. Professionals can not only overcome labor shortages through machinery automation but also by automating every work unit. For example, inspectors and filed-to-office teams. Imagine how much time they spend filling out documents and submitting them physically to the office. The right way out of this situation is to implement online forms with digital filling and automated data collection.

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