The harvest of fruits and vegetables destined for sale has resisted mechanization, but engineers are beginning to make progress. The key lies in the combined application of "advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies." The challenge is a tough one, as "the hand-eye coordination workers have is really amazing, and they can pick incredibly fast. To replicate that in a machine ... we're still pretty far away," said Daniel Schmoldt at the U.S. Agriculture Department's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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