Apple Picking Robot

Technology Information

Description of Technology

The Apple Picking Robot is a collaborative innovation developed by Red Cedar Distinguished Professor of the MSU Department of Mechanical Engineering, Zhaojian Li, and Renfu Lu of the USDA with the aim of revolutionizing orchard harvesting practices. 

The Apple Picking Robot is a robotic apple picker with multiple arms and a computer vision system used to harvest apples from trees more efficiently than manual labor. In efforts to replace human apple pickers, this technology will carefully harvest apples, reduce labor costs, and improve the quality of fruit, potentially improving the profitability of the harvest.


Benefits surrounding the Apple Picking Robot include:

  • Reducing manual labor needs and simplifying farm labor management
  • Reducing labor costs
  • Improved handling of harvest surges

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