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Why Robots Should Shake the Bejeezus Out of Cherry Trees

24th January 2018

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Researchers at Washington State University have developed algorithms that scan a tree for individual branches, then determine what bit of each branch to grasp and shake to extract the most cherries—up to nearly 90 percent of them. Sure, that’s not as dramatic as the machine-driven apocalypse. But at least it gives us an intriguing vision of a robotics-fueled agriculture industry.

If the idea of a tree-shaking robot seems a bit oddball to you, know that you’re the reason it may soon exist. Americans don’t just want a lot of produce; they want a lot of flawless produce, free of dings and bruises and discoloration. And you can’t have flawless cherries if you’re using a giant machine to shake a tree trunk willy-nilly, flinging fruit all over the place. (Though that method works fine with hardier fare like almonds.)

Bond will be pleased.

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