Solution for labour shortages in the farming industry
LACK OF LABOUR
Farming is a very labour intensive process. Despite all the advances in agricultural machinery, there is still a huge amount of labour involved. This is particularly true in the fruit picking industry. Farms all over the developed world are having great difficulty finding enough pickers to get all the crops in.
Some farms have even had to stop picking fruit for lack of workers. This leads to food waste, with crops sometimes left to rot in the fields. Study shows that vast majority of Canadian food waste takes place at the production level,
It takes skill to pick apples correctly off a tree, while it takes strength to haul around large bins of apples all day. The risks of not being careful enough are substantial. Being too rough with the apple can risk knocking other apples off the tree and bruising them, or it can damage the bud, reducing next year’s harvest. This poses a substantial challenge to any robotics based solution due to the variety of tasks the robot needs to be able to fulfill.
Our solution overcomes these challenges and performs in a manner comparable to humans. It's SCARA arm design allows it to reach apples at a variety of angles, while the end effector will mimic the recommended technique apple pickers use to harvest apples. The EVE-BOT uses the latest advancements in machine vision and AI to identify and pick apples in a timely and noninvasive manner. Our goal is to bring apple picking into the 21st century and address the issues the industry currently faces.
Using machine vision algorithm to detect the ripe apples on the tree
EVE-BOT runs autonomously without the help of human assistance
EVE-BOT mimics the human hand movement to minimize bruising on picked apple.
THE APPLED SCIENCE TEAM
CHRISTINA MELISSA SUTANTO
COLIN GEORGE EVANS
Robotics & Control System Engineer
Electrical & Machine Learning Engineer