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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 country’s Agricultural and Food Research Organization, uses a pair of cameras to figure out the fruit’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. That’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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