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Food for thought: “10 – 12 billion apples are harvested in Washington State each year. Each Washington apple is picked by hand. There are no harvest machines to pick apples.”
Crop Facts, Washington State
“Given that we must produce more food in the next forty years than during the entire course of human history to date … AgTech innovations will be absolutely essential.”
Kauffman Foundation, 2014
“Now, SRI Ventures, a kind of startup incubator within the Menlo Park research and development firm SRI International, is investing in and spinning out a startup called Abundant Robotics Inc. to automate apple harvesting with agricultural robots currently in development.
“The robots, as yet unnamed, were designed to be strong and fast enough to remove one fruit per second from a tree, but gentle enough not to damage trees or the fruit, according to Abundant Robotics’ CEO and co-founder Dan Steere.” TechCrunch
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Disrupting the Apple Cart: Abundant Robotics to Automate Orchard Harvests
Leading-Edge AgTech Company Leverages Technology from SRI International to Make Nutritious Food More Accessible
MENLO PARK, Calif. – August 10, 2016 –SRI International today announced the spin-out and launch of Abundant Robotics, an agriculture technology company focused on on helping make nutritious foods such as apples and other tree fruits more accessible. Abundant will commercialize and build on several years of successful research initiatives in agricultural robotics at SRI.
“While orchard yields have significantly improved over the last two decades, labor productivity has not,” said Dan Steere, CEO of Abundant Robotics. “Our goal is to...