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Fruit picking quadcopter

Has net inserted under the fruit, and secateurs to cut the fruit off
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Remote controlled with two cameras one for flight control, showing the copter's location, and one for control of the fruit cutting and placing the net under the fruit.

Also can grab the tree above the fruit or beside it and hang on, to save power.

The net is connected to a tethered rope, so that the copter can stay up, above the tree or perched on it, and just lower the net with the cut fruit.

And advanced version would have a long controllable arm which could be lowered from the copter as well, so the copter can stay at a safe distance from the leaves.

It could also be used to scare the mynas away.

pashute, Nov 14 2016

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       I thought about this as well, from an ethical vegetarian perspective. Ethical vegetarians should also prefer things picked without human labor to be nicer to people. Really ethical chocolate from drone harvested cocoa pods, rather than youth harvested cocoa pods.   

       Also, drones could do a much better at flavor optimization. Aiming a laser or other sensor at individual fruits, then just getting the ones at the peak of flavor. (I thought they should use what are called quantum cameras to do flavor sensing at depth of the fruit.)   

       Beneficially I read there are actually programs now to develop fruit harvesting drones!
beanangel, Nov 15 2016
  

       Sure, why not?
doctorremulac3, Nov 15 2016
  

       Those poor drone operators, their tired fingers, failing eyesight from straining at a display all day long ... fruit should be harvested from the ground after it has fallen from the tree naturally.
normzone, Nov 15 2016
  

       Or, preferably, eaten straight from the branch, untouched by human hands.
FlyingToaster, Nov 15 2016
  

       Not even eaten, but allowed to rot naturally
pocmloc, Nov 16 2016
  

       If a large airburst explosive charge is detonated above fruit trees, most of the fruit falls to the ground, and apart from a few shredded leaves the trees are largely undamaged.
8th of 7, Nov 16 2016
  

       //most of the fruit falls to the ground//   

       Thus bruising the fruit. But if the orchard Higgs Field switch was turned off just at the right point, a drone would then not have to pick fruit and its movement could be more energy efficient.
bigsleep, Nov 17 2016
  

       Start by clipping flowers and other very light stuff the tree has placed for easy access for hummingbirds and bees.   

       Tackling Grapefruit right off will be disastrous.
popbottle, Nov 18 2016
  

       Would that be a Mexican fruit picking quadcopter?
not_morrison_rm, Nov 18 2016
  

       // Ethical vegetarians should also prefer things picked without human labour to be nicer to people.// This is satire gold.   

       ..Because drones whose components are made in 3rd world factories, from materials with entirely disastrous mining and processing requirements - are perfectly okay.
Custardguts, Nov 20 2016
  

       So wait. Nobody said anything about how this idea can't work and nobody claimed that it has been baked? Yippy! My first.
pashute, Nov 23 2016
  

       So wait. Nobody said anything about how this idea can't work and nobody claimed that it has been baked? Yippy! My first.
pashute, Nov 23 2016
  

       // fruit should be harvested from the ground after it has fallen from the tree naturally. //   

       A friend of mine (who sells fancy olive oils) has told me multiple times that he finds olives disgusting because (he says) that's how they harvest them.   

       I still like olives.
notexactly, Dec 17 2016
  
      
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