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Harvesting watermelons with agBOT

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A student-lead team designed the agBOT watermelon harvester to help aging farmers.  The machine can autonomously identify and harvest ripe watermelons.  A passive slapper mechanism thumps the watermelons in a way that is similar to how a person tests one at the supermarket, and an onboard microphone helps agBOT determine whether or not to harvest the watermelon.