ComputerVision makes strides in agricultural industry

While scientists at the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA) in Spain have been using computer vision to examine oranges, researchers further North at the National Physical Laboratory
(NPL) in the United Kingdom have been doing the same thing, but with strawberries.

What began in 2009 as an experiment in identifying the ripeness of cauliflower has extended to strawberries, because they are time-consuming to sort out and pick by hand.

The technology is beneficial to farmers, who, in the past, have lost money from harvesting unripe fruits and vegetables. It uses radio frequencies, microwaves, terahertz and the far-infra red to penetrate the fruit without damaging it, and determine whether or not it’s ready to be taken from the vine.

The hope is that those in the agricultural industry will be able to benefit by saving both money and time, but it will be interesting to see how else this technology can be applied.