MetoMotion featured in Nanalyze
14 Agricultural Robots Making Farming Easier
Nanalyze, 19 November 2019
Robots in the Greenhouse
Founded in 2016, Israeli startup MetoMotion has taken in $2.7 million in funding so far to develop a “Greenhouse Robotic Worker” (GRoW) to perform labor-intensive tasks in the 1.15 million acres of greenhouses around the world. (Labor costs in greenhouses comprise 30% to 50% of total greenhouses production costs.) The company’s first application is to harvest greenhouse tomatoes. GRoW combines advanced 3D vision systems and machine vision algorithms to identify and locate the ripe fruit; then it coordinates multiple, custom-designed, robotic arms; lastly it has an end-effector for damage-free harvesting and an onboard boxing system.
The autonomous vehicle is designed for seamless integration with existing greenhouse infrastructure. MetoMotion estimates a reduction of up to 50% in harvest-related labor costs, with a predicted ROI in under three years for the grower.