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Robotics 2015, 4(2), 194-222; doi:10.3390/robotics4020194

Deliberation on Design Strategies of Automatic Harvesting Systems: A Survey

Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Katahira 2-1-1, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577, Japan
Academic Editor: Huosheng Hu
Received: 2 March 2015 / Accepted: 24 April 2015 / Published: 16 June 2015
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In Asia, decreasing farmer and labor populations due to various factors is a serious problem that leads to increases in labor costs, higher harvesting input energy consumption and less resource utilization. To solve these problems, researchers are engaged in providing long term and low-tech alternatives in terms of mechanization and automation of agriculture by way of efficient, low cost and easy to use solutions. This paper reviews various design strategies in recognition and picking systems, as well as developments in fruit harvesting robots during the past 30 years in several countries. The main objectives of this paper are to gather all information on fruit harvesting robots; focus on the technical developments so far achieved in picking devices; highlight the problems still to be solved; and discuss the future prospects of fruit harvesting robots. View Full-Text
Keywords: fruit harvesting robots; greenhouse robots; recognition system; multispectral imaging; fruit picking robots; fruit harvesting manipulator; robot; end-effectors fruit harvesting robots; greenhouse robots; recognition system; multispectral imaging; fruit picking robots; fruit harvesting manipulator; robot; end-effectors
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Bachche, S. Deliberation on Design Strategies of Automatic Harvesting Systems: A Survey. Robotics 2015, 4, 194-222.

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