For a while I was thinking to develop a project related to Agriculture. Because of the intense labor required during the fruit picking (it worsens at taller trees), I thought it would be good idea to develop an autonomous drone that finds and picks fruits with a small arm attached to its base (or to any convenient location). Since I can’t afford the hardware currently, I consider simulation as a good start.
So, the software stack will roughly comprise:
- Tree/Fruit Detection
- Fruit Manipulation
I started with Gazebo simulator. Nevertheless, it is very difficult to find high resolution fruit trees on the web. I created my own tree with Blender, but it is far away from being realistic. So, I’m looking for any contribution on this subject.
There are a lot of things to tell about the project since I have done quite a work, but to cut it to the chase I’m giving the link of the repository. Readme is a bit outdated, but it will be updated soon. I will try to post here about the project on a regular basis.
I’m looking for contributors on any part of the project. All the contributions are highly encouraged.