Monday, July 15, 2013

drag2share: AND NOW: Robots Are About To Take All The Farm Jobs

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/Ty2MgvKoPlg/robots-being-developed-to-automate-farm-labor-2013-7

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SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.

The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

The thinner is part of a new generation of machines that target the last frontier of agricultural mechanization — fruits and vegetables destined for the fresh market, not processing, which have thus far resisted mechanization because they're sensitive to bruising.

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