A new era in horticulture has now started, the Certhon Harvest Robot is a multifunctional robot that detects, cuts and transports tomatoes to boxes all by itself. The deep-learning technology will make the robot smarter with each harvest.
The Certhon Harvest Robot can detect the fruits and sense which tomatoes are ready for harvesting thanks to advanced vision technology. The robot shows what we are capable of when we combine smart technology, ambitious people and horticultural knowledge. The robot moves in multiple directions to find the optimum position and route for harvesting. Thanks to smart cameras and lighting, the robot can harvest day and night. In the near future, the harvest robot can also scout the yield and measure the climate and health of the plants, including the functionality to protect for pests and diseases.
Edwin Vanlaerhoven, Business Development Director at Certhon says “In order to make sure all of tomorrow’s people are fed, the world needs to come up with innovative and smart solutions now. Eliminating uncontrollable external factors such as weather conditions, plague or disease has always been on top of a farmer’s wish list, and for horticulture the 20th century greenhouse that counters these threats was a big step forward. Now, with drastic changes happening in climate, demographics and labor shortages, it’s time to bring the greenhouse system in line with the 21st century. With that objective in mind, the Certhon Harvest Robot has been created. The robot simplifies the cultivation process, making the opportunity to grow food accessible to everyone. And this is just the beginning!”
Haruhiko Kato, Chief Technical Officer at Certhon adds: “Each crop is unique and the crops’ condition change every day. Therefore it is very important that the robot’s motion adapts to any height, direction and growth speed. By teaching the robot all these skills, we can really change the way we grow.”
Want to see the harvest robot in action? Check out their website www.certhonharvestrobot.com.