Strawberry Picking Robot In Japan
Japan's people are aging; old farmers are finding it difficult to find young people to work the fields. Bring on the robots!
Robot strawberry picker from Japan)
This handy robot performs a particularly time-consuming and tedious (read "labor-intensive") chore; the monitoring and picking of strawberries.
In Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, venture firm Romobility Youto is working on its strawberry-picking robot; the robot's color-sensitive camera checks on ripeness before plucking.
The following video shows you how it works.
(Video of strawberry-picking robot)
Science fiction writers (and by extension, their readers) are ahead of the curve once again. In his 1955 short story
War Veteran, Philip K. Dick refers to robot gardeners:
David Unger sat moodily on his park bench...
To his right a robot gardener worked over the same patch of grass again and again, its metallic eye-lenses intently fastened on the wizened, hunched-over figure of the old man.
(Read more about Philip K. Dick's robot gardener)
Readers might also recall the
field-minder from Brian Aldiss' Who can replace a man? (1963) and the robot gardening crab from Neuromancer (1984)
If you're interested, take a look at some of these other robotic aids to agriculture:
Impact Lab; thanks to Moira for the tip on this story.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 4/25/2008) Follow this kind of news
| | Email | RSS | Blog It Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and . add
Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )
Related News Stories -
Ladybird Agricultural Robot Is Solar-Powered
'A robot gardener worked over the same patch of grass again and again...'- Philip K Dick, 1955.
Lettuce-Bot Weed-Killing Robot Funded
A new alternative to labor-intensive farming techniques.
Detroit's Urban Agriculture Ordinance
'The survivors tore up the metal plating and sold it... for seed and cattle.'-Isaac Asimov, 1951.
Prospero, Robotic Farmer
Fascinating new approach to the idea of mechanized agriculture.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
The Living Tree House
'There were trees comprised of a central columnar trunk and four vast leaves...'
Flying Defibrillator Ambulance Drone
'The death-reversal equipment is on its way...'
High Fidelity Produces More Expressive Avatars!
'They are the audiovisual bodies that people use to communicate with each other...'
Physicists Build Repulsor / Tractor Beam
'Brandon swung mighty tractor beams upon the severed halves of the Jovian vessel...'
Will You Upload Your Mind Anytime Soon?
And if so, how long will the copy last?
Students! NASA Wants To 3D Print Your Tool Design In Space!
'Mass-produced only in the orbiting factories...'
Amazing ARES Augmented Reality Sandbox
'First he showed him where the input and output of his brand-new kingdom were, and how to program wars...'
'3D Light Sculpture' Projected Directly Onto Retina
'...projects directly on the retina of the eye…'
3D Printer Vending Machine Dispenses Dreams
'Nanofax AG offers a technology that digitally reproduces objects, physically, at a distance.'
Why Not Nurse Grandma With A Robot?
'She's made of a combination of springs, levers, acoustic instruments...'
Flock Of Minisats Will Image The Earth
'We... dropped roughly a thousand eyes on Beta Hydri IV.'
Should Robots Have Civil Rights?
'I've seen things... you people wouldn't believe...'
Robert Heinlein, Your Self-Driving Car Is Almost Ready!
'Mary Risling settled back for a little nap...'
The Manned Maneuvering Unit Story
'Little spurts of red-orange flame from the reaction pistol marked his companion's trail...'
Scheherazade, An Open Story Generator
'How can you compete with an IBM heavy-duty logomatic analogue?'
Sample The In Vitro Meat Cookbook
'I grabbed two Syntho-Steaks out of the freezer...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories