Over the Top Citrus Harvesting Equipment for Fresh Markets in High Density Groves

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,023.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2012-00032
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2012-00032
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.13
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Small Business Information
4406 NW 77 Terrace, Gainesville, FL, 32606-0000
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
162841311
Principal Investigator:
Siddhartha Mehta
(352) 338-7592
geospider2011@gmail.com
Business Contact:
Lee Jones
President/CEO
(772) 597-3305
leecjones@me.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Phase I of this project will seek to establish feasibility of the selective harvesting system for high density grove through scaled prototype testing. Our focus will be on developing a new end effector concept with an integrated hyper-redundant forearm, along with an integrated fruit detection sensory suite. This system will be integrated and tested using our most advanced image processing and visual servo control algorithms, along with our newly developed macro-positioning manipulator. Phase I prototype testing of the sub-system will be carried out using the University of Florida citrus harvesting test-bed.

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