Ocado trials fruit-picking robot
Ocado trials fruit-picking robot By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News January 31, 2017 Online grocer Ocado has shown off a soft robotic hand that can pick fruit and vegetables, without damaging them, in its warehouses. The firm has an automated warehouse in Andover, Hampshire, where robots select crates containing specific items that make up customer orders. They are currently brought over to a human team for selection but, in future, the hand could replace them. Also in development is a humanoid maintenance robot called SecondHands. It will work alongside a human colleague to maintain the warehouse. SecondHands, the robot maintenance technician, with its human colleague The fruit and vegetable picker is part of a five-year research EU-funded collaboration between five European universities and Disney called Soma (Soft Manipulation), said Ocado spokesman Alexandru Voica. The demonstration device is an early prototype, he said. "