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Robots Lend a Hand for Farmers

February 11th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Startup company Harvest Automation of Billerica, Mass., is designing robots to assist with some of the more low-skill, repetitive tasks associated with farming. The company’s long-term vision is to enhance the robots’ capabilities to include warehousing and manufacturing.

Some of the company’s founders previously helped develop the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. It’s interesting to note that the company iRobot, which included the Roomba as part of its product line, got its start through the Small Business Innovation Research Program.

Harvest Automation’s founders decided that their next step after working on the Roomba would be to develop a robot that did one thing really well, rather than being multi-functional, according to this Innovation Daily story.

The company’s goal is to reduce the number of low-level tasks for farmers, not replace the farmers with robots. This will allow farmers to focus on higher-value work.