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Harvey

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Harvey is a small mobile robot designed for use in nursery and greenhouse facilities. It can autonomously locate, transport, and organize potted plants both inside buildings and on outdoor fields.

Creator
Harvest Automation
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2012
Type
Industrial
Creator
Harvest Automation
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2012
Type
Industrial

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Specs

FEATURES
Capable of operating alone or in teams. Maximum payload of 10 kg (22 lb).
HEIGHT
53 cm | 21 in
LENGTH
58.4 cm | 23 in
WIDTH
58.4 cm | 23 in
WEIGHT
38.5 kg | 85 lb
SPEED
7.2 km/h | 4.5 mph

SENSORS
Forward-looking laser range finder (for locating potted plants and obstacles). Four downward looking boundary sensors (for finding the edge of the growing bed). Gyro and wheel encoders (for dead reckoning navigation).
ACTUATORS
Two drive wheel motors, one manipulator motor, one gripper motor.
POWER
Two 24-V lithium-ion batteries, 4 hours of operation.
COMPUTING
ARM CPU plus peripheral processors for certain sensors.
SOFTWARE
Linux plus custom software.
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
4 (Drive system: 2 DoF; Manipulator/gripper: 2 DoF)
MATERIALS
Aluminum and steel.
COST
$30,000 (base price per robot)
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
In 2006, Joe Jones, Charles Grinnell, Paul Sandin, and Clara Vu founded a new company, initially called Q Robotics. They spent the first months searching for critical business issues that could be addressed with robotics. The founders discovered a compelling application on a visit to an agricultural trade show in 2007. More than 2 billion potted plants are sold annually in the United States, and almost all require repeated handling on growing beds. The handling requires harsh stoop labor that is scarce and difficult to manage. After building a prototype, the group secured VC funding and developed the product. In the summer of 2012, they started delivering the first working robots to customers.
WEBSITE
http://www.harvestai.com