Autonomous machine expected to pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day, outpacing human workers

Quivering and hesitant, like a spoon-wielding toddler trying to eat soup without spilling it, the world’s first fruit-picking robot is attempting to harvest a raspberry.

After sizing it up for an age, the robot plucks the fruit with its gripping arm and gingerly deposits it into a waiting punnet. The whole process takes about a minute for a single berry.

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