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Waikato Robotics, Automation and Sensing (WaiRAS)

We aim to develop smart machines or robots to perform day to day operation such as harvesting and grading based on companies’ needs in horticultural and agricultural fields. We are in collaboration with multiple partners such as RoboticsPlus, Arborgen, Tendertips and Boyds in developing a system to work in (but not limited to) the outdoor environment. Some example projects are the Autonomous Multipurpose Mobile Platform (AMMP) - an all-purpose autonomous platform, kiwi fruit harvester, asparagus harvester, “the dibbler” that makes holes for common tree types, Pinus Radiata cuttings and lifter-grader machines that grade similar tree types.

We also develop non-agricultural robots such as robotic hands and compete in the NI Autonomous Robotics Competition held in Australia every year.

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Robot revolution meets the horticulture industry

Robotics in primary industries: The revolution begins!