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August 30, 2013 at 7:12 AM
PROSSER (AP) — A Washington State University researcher has received a grant allowing him to develop an apple-picking robot.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave $548,000 earlier this month to Manoj Karkee, assistant professor with WSU’s Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems.
Karkee envisions a prototype within three to five years and commercially available models within 10. His idea is of a robot reaching its dozen tentacles through the leaves of an apple tree to pick ripe fruit at four times the rate of humans.
His idea is to pair an automated machine with a field employee who would decide how and when to pick apples, when for example, they are obscured behind leaves or in clusters.
December 5, 2011 at 4:59 PM
These LEGO bots are built from kits and are programmed by students to run a course and complete tasks. Some 3,000 Washington state students from ages 9 to 14 competed this weekend in regional qualifying tournaments across the state, including at Ballard High School. Winning teams will advance to the state finals in January. More information at www.firstwa.org/Home/tabid/36/default.aspx.
Parent Joy Garcia, with sign, helps lead the cheering at Ballard High on Saturday for one of three Edmonds Heights teams using robots designed, built and programmed from LEGO blocks.
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