LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- British researchers say they've developed an intelligent harvesting robot imager that might save farmers up to $165,300 each year.
Scientists at Britain's National Physical Laboratory said their imaging technology was developed for use in an intelligent harvesting machine that could minimize waste that, for certain crops, can be up to 60 percent. They said the technology might also solve an impending labor shortage for British farmers.
NPL scientists said the harvesting machine, which can look beneath the leafy layers of a crop, identifies the differing materials and enables precise size identification. That can be used to develop a fully automated harvesting robot able to fill the gap left by the labor shortage.
"Our aim is to develop a unique new automated harvesting machine that will dramatically improve productivity in the United Kingdom and global farming industry and ultimately benefit consumers through cheaper food in the supermarkets," said Richard Dudley, the project leader.