The development of the world’s first raspberry picking robot is gathering pace. UK start-up Fieldwork Robotics sets its sights on manufacturing in Britain next year and securing £1 million of further investments.
The bot’s plucking powers, not limited by growing seasons, can bring in 25,000 raspberries for a 20-hour stint daily stint, compared to human labour’s 15,000 for eight hours. The final version is designed to have four, flexible multi-armed grippers that can grasp simultaneously, guided by cameras and sensors. Raspberries are deposited in trays for sorting according to ripeness, then into punnets before despatch to the supermarkets.