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December 6, 2010
Strawberry Picking Robot (Replacement for illegal aliens?)Topics: Immigration and Border Issues, International News, Political News and commentaries
Who needs illegal aliens when you've got a strawberry-picking robot (tecnhology can be used for picking other crops as well)?
The bot, created by the countryâ€™s Agricultural and Food Research Organization, uses a pair of cameras to figure out the fruitâ€™s position and judge its color. Only berries that meet an 80% redness standard are selected.
Then the robot very carefully cuts the strawberry off the stem at the rate of one berry every nine seconds. Thatâ€™s 300 hours of harvesting for 1,000 square meters of strawberries, or just 60% of the 500 hours it takes human pickers on average.
Could this mean that the future for illegal aliens and migrant workers being used to pick crops is fast-becoming dim?
Posted by Richard at December 6, 2010 4:04 PM
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