This automatic mango harvesting device is part of an integrated system that helps farmers know the exact number of fruits, harvest time and number of workers needed to hire and pack.
Researchers in the state of Queensland, Australia, recently conducted the world's first mango-picking robot .
Field trials show that this robot's effectiveness in identifying and picking mangoes is 75%. The robot takes about five seconds to pick a mango, calculated from the time it is discovered to picking.
Professor Kerry Walsh, a member of the research team at Central Queensland University , said this automatic mango harvesting device is part of an integrated system that helps farmers know exactly the number of fruits on the tree, the time of harvest and the number of workers to hire for picking and packing.
This device will help solve the problem of human resources in the fruit industry in Australia.
According to Professor Walsh, the ultimate goal of the invention is to save costs and improve productivity at the farm, while helping to boost consumer demand after enjoying the best mangoes.
The team is currently working hard to improve the performance of robots by more than 90%, speed up the harvest of robots and reduce equipment costs so that they can be marketed soon.
Previously, the team developed an infrared spectrophotometer (NIRS) system that assessed mango quality and predicted harvesting time. NIRS sensors and Fruitmaps application invented by the research team are currently used in Australian mango cultivation.