Clive is our field prototype. He’s been picking both apples and oranges throughout 2020 as part of our technical development. Clive analyses every piece of fruit for quality and ripeness, then automatically picks it at the optimal time. The soft suction tube and bin-filler allow gentle distribution of the fruit all the way from the tree to the bin.
Right now we’re building Clive’s successor, Eve! Eve is our next-generation picking machine, able to pick apples, oranges, and stone fruit faster, more reliably, and at a higher quality. Eve is scheduled for commercial trials beginning in February 2021, and will be the first of many commercial machines.
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Ripe Robotics builds and manages fruit picking robots. Growers can contract us to pick some of their fruit at a better price and higher quality than a human picker.
After successful early field trials, we are now working towards commercialisation, and are accepting reservations from both orange and apple growers for our picking services in 2021, 2022, and 2023. 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 fruit, detect if it is ripe and correctly sized, and determine if it is 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.
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 fruit, then gently sucks it 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 2021 and later years, with only a small deposit up front to secure your place. Adoption of fully automated picking on an orchard is generally gradual - we start by picking only a small number of bins in the first season, and work up to full automation over a number of years.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to arrange a demonstration of our technology.
To continue our R&D and build more commercial machines for the 2021 harvest and beyond, we are currently raising a seed round. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us at email@example.com.