(8 July/New Atlas)

University of Cambridge scientists have developed a vegetable picking robot that can autonomously identify and harvest iceberg lettuce. Lettuce has proven to be a difficult vegetable to autonomously harvest due to growing close to the ground and needing to be cut at a certain angle. Vegebot, is still in the development stage but the scientists are confident that it will soon be able to be used commercially. The main issue they had when developing the robot what designing the software to be able to identify a healthy head of lettuce in a field and not disturb other plants growing. Because of this, the system is expected to decrease food waste in the industry as the system can also perform multiple sweeps of a field, while humans currently only perform one, leaving many heads behind that are not suitable for market. It is unknown when the robot will be available for commercial use.