Robotic strawberry harvester being developed

September 21, 2012 12:08:33 AM PDT
Help may soon be on it's way for strawberry farmers across the country in the form of a robotic machine.

Researchers are testing a robotic harvesting machine at the Monterey Bay Academy. The machine uses sensors to choose strawberries of the right color and size. The robotic arms gently pluck the ripe fruit from vines and deposit the berries on a conveyer belt that drops the berries into containers.

The machine remains in the experimental stage.