NPR Develops System to Determine Ripeness
A team of researchers at the National Physical Laboratory have devised a new system to train robots to pick ripe strawberries. Originally designed in 2009 for measuring cauliflower ripeness, it uses a combination of microwaves, radio frequencies, terahertz and infrared to select the fruit by amount of ripeness. After measuring crops in both fields and labs, algorithms determine the proper picking time. The NPL hopes to use it on other crops and industrial recycling centers (how do you determine when plastic is ripe?)
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at November 3, 2011 11:12 AM