December, 29, 2021
Automating the Thinning of Peach Orchards
Researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), led by Ai-Ping Hu, have developed an autonomous robot that can perform thinning of peach trees to produce bigger, sweeter, and healthier peaches.
- LIDAR sensing system along with GPS is used for obstacle avoidance and navigation of the robot through the peach orchard
- a 3D camera is used to identify the peachlets that should be removed
- the end-effector is a claw-like device suitable for picking
- AI and deep learning methods can be utilized to enhance robot’s image classification capabilities