Source: Vines and Wines, Vision Robotics
The company has now just given a presentation of their latest development, the Intelligent Robotic Vineyard Pruner. The pruner works by reconstructing a 3D image of an entire vine from multiple photographs, applying pruning rules based on the grower's specifications and then using two hydraulic shears to complete the pruning operation.
The project has just entered its second phase of development which should lead to a market-ready product in about two years. For more information have a look at recent articles in Wine Business and Wines and Vines. Some more pictures after the jump.
The resulting vine after pruning by the robotic shears:
The entire robot and it's workplace:
Sources: Vines and Wines, Wine Business, Vision Robotics