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Robots find themselves at home on the farm

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 — Feed

ROBO-FARMERS capable of identifying each individual fruit on a tree and its degree of ripeness could reduce the manual tasks of farming and increase efficiency, developers say.

University of Sydney mechatronics experts are developing robotic devices with the ability to autonomously sense, analyse and respond to their surroundings.

A push for Australia to become the “food bowl” of Asia and meet the increase in demand for fresh produce could be restricted by labour costs and technology.

“I think in agriculture, because there are low margins and the guys are having a tough time anyway, that they want these solutions,” said Salah Sukkarieh, a professor of robotics and intelligent systems at the faculty of engineering and information technologies. Read On…

Jennifer Foreshew, The Australian

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