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Picking apples that fell from the apple tree

Fruits like apples and pears are not all ripe at the same time.

Some of the fruits growing on a tree fall from the tree before they are harvested by the farmer.

This is who we are

CSSF is a cooperative that pushes the boundaries for smart sustainable farming.

Front runners among farming companies, tech companies and knowledge institutions work together with other relevant stakeholders to stimulate a system change in the agri-food domain in order to fulfill the (coming) needs of the society and avoiding the negative impact of the sector that puts our long term food provision at risk.

Summary Agrifood Challenges

AgriFood challenges are big challenges for the next generations with an increasing world population in combination with global developments that endangers sufficient food supply like climate change resulting in more extremes occurring in the weather system (rising temperatures, drought, heavy rains), soil degradation & pollution, and biodiversity loss.

Big societal challenges in agrifood are also related to human health , to diet change and to animal welfare.

Challenge Picking Fallen Apples

Fruits like apples and pears are not all ripe at the same time. Some of the fruits growing on a tree fall from the tree before they are harvested by the farmer.
When these apples or pears lie on the ground for a couple of days they can’t be sold at the grocery store anymore.
The challenge: Design a solution to collect fruit fallen from fruit trees so these fruits can be used for consumption.

Design a solution for picking fruit fallen from fruit trees

This is why your input is valuable!

Frontrunners among farmers are looking for clever innovations that enable them to produce food in a sustainable way and with the highest yields possible. For the production of fruits and vegetables, many of those innovative farmers have high expectations of small autonomous robots that can work (sow, water, weed, harvest) with high precision at the level of individual plants or fruits.

One of these farmers sees the development of a robot that collects fallen apples form the ground as a first pragmatic step in the direction of a more versatile autonomous robot for vegetables and fruits. Good concepts created by you could be adopted and supported for further development. The apples collected by the prototype robot will certainly be used to make apple chutney to be consumed.

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Desired Outcomes

  • Creative concepts
  • Technical solutions
  • Outside the box thinking
  • State of the art overviews are appreciated.

Follow up

Depending on the use case we can organize a visit to a relevant frontrunner farming or tech company. We can also provide a follow-up assignment that can fit with a course / educational project where you can earn credits while working on the follow-up assignment, and who knows, possibly leading to a student team participating in an international competition or to a startup?

Inspiration and background for this challenge

Desired Outcomes