Clive is our demonstration robot, intended to show off our automated fruit picking technology. Clive has everything necessary for commercial fruit picking at scale, and we’re constantly making improvements.
Later this year we’ll be upgrading Clive to also pick citrus and stone fruit, and provide other kinds of services to growers. Contact us for a demo or for more information.
Ripe Robotics builds and manages fruit picking robots. We are trialing our machines on apple orchards right now, and accepting early deposits for the our picking service in 2021, 2022, and 2023, with significant discounts for early adopters. How does it work?
We arrive on your farm with our robots at the start of the harvest. Our technician sets up and calibrates the robots for your orchard, then remains nearby to monitor and maintain them during the harvest. We also set you up with our web portal and app so that you can see what our machines are doing, and receive updates on the fruit quality, quantity, and harvest location.
We use modern deep learning to find the apples, detect if they are ripe and correctly sized, and determine if they are able to be picked. If the robot is ever unsure, it simply alerts the local technician who instructs the robot what to do. These instructions are used to improve the software in the future, so the machine actually gets better over time. Currently, the machine can find and pick about 90% of apples on the tree.
The robot itself is about 4m tall, and about 1m wide. It’s designed with adjustable arm length, so can work in rows of 2-5m, with tree diameters of up to 3m, though thinner trees work best. It uses electric motors to move its suction piece to the apple, then gently sucks the apple off the tree with a vacuum. Each machine can replace one human picker, and multiple machines can work together during the harvest.
We are currently accepting reservations for our picking services for the 2021, 2022, and 2023 harvests. Due to expected high demand for automated fruit picking there are likely to be supply limitations in the first few years of operation.
Getting revenue early is important for us to be able to accelerate machine production, so we are offering discounted prices to growers who pay some of the cost up front when reserving machines for future seasons. Contact us for details.
To build out many more machines for the 2021 harvest, we are considering raising a seed round mid-year. If you're an investor interested in learning more, contact us at email@example.com