Two-year funding for the development of a new automation system follows Energid’s demonstration of the viability of its approach through a proof-of-concept effort also funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The approach relies on new robotic technologies.
Most past attempts at automated harvesting have focused either on conventional robotics, multi-link arms, or on bulk removal, such as trunk and canopy shakers. Energid is developing a system that combines the best of both approaches. It uses a large number of low-cost robotic mechanisms to remove fruit.
Energid is applying powerful computer algorithms it developed for NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. National Science Foundation. The development will leverage Energid’s Actin(TM) and Selectin(TM) robotics software toolkits which have been used to design, control, and simulate many advanced robotic systems.
“The citrus-harvesting robotic system is using the full range of our technologies,” said Dr. Chang.
Energid Technologies develops robotic systems and products for the aerospace, agriculture, transportation, defense, and medical industries. Energid’s Actin(TM) and Selectin(TM) products provide advanced technology in the form of extensible software toolkits. Energid specializes in the sensing, control, and simulation of complex systems.
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