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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Amount:
$99,023.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
2012-00032
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
2012-00032
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.13
Small Business Information
Geo_Spider, Inc
4406 NW 77 Terrace, Gainesville, FL, 32606-0000
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
162841311
Principal Investigator
 Siddhartha Mehta
 (352) 338-7592
 geospider2011@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Lee Jones
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (772) 597-3305
Email: 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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