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Le nouveau robot pour serres de MetoMotion exploite le logiciel de reconnaissance en 3D et les algorythmes pour identifier les tomates mûres. Plusieurs bras spécialement étudiés garantissent que les fruits une fois à point soient cueillis sans dommage et déposés dans des caisses.

Avec le logiciel idoine, le robot peut aussi accomplir d’autres tâches dans la serre, par exemple la pollinisation, l’effeuillage spécifique d’arbustes et la collecte de données pour l’analyse et l’optimisation des plantes.

Source : Le premier robot cueilleur de tomates du monde prêt à fonctionner (World’s first tomato-picking robot set to be rolled out – Israel21c, 20 septembre):
https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-startup-develops-first-tomato-picking-robot/

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Israel-based MetoMotion announced today it has raised a $1.5 million seed round for its multipurpose robotics system called GRoW (Greenhouse Robotics Worker) (via AgFunder).

There aren’t a lot of details on specifics of the funding round. According to AgFunder, the team behind GRoW has only said that “a leading Netherlands-based company in the greenhouse industry” led the round. This brings MetoMotion’s total funding to date to $2.7 million.

Even if GRoW’s investors are mysterious, its overall purpose in making indoor agriculture more efficient is obvious. According to the MetoMotion site, GRoW is a robotic worker that can perform labor-intensive tasks in the greenhouse, like harvesting. The fully automated vehicle uses a combination of 3D vision systems and machine vision algorithms to identify and locate produce that’s ready for picking (its first crop is greenhouse tomatoes). Custom-designed robotic arms then pick the produce, and a proprietary harvesting end-effector protects against damage to fruits during the harvesting process.

The vehicle is also capable of a number of other functions, like pruning, monitoring, and even pollinating crops. According to the MetoMotion website, GRoW can save up to 50 percent in harvest-related costs.

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