Four Growers

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Team Description: 

Four Growers is utilizing emerging technology and advancements in robotics to create a robot that autonomously harvests greenhouse crops, enabling greenhouse farmers to expand their operations, reduce their production costs, and increase their yields.

Institution: 
University of Pittsburgh
Team Members: 
Name: 
Brandon Contino
Major: 
Electrical Engineering
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Dan Chi
Major: 
Mechanical Engineering
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Name: 
Daniel Garcia
Major: 
Neuroscience
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Long Description: 

The greenhouse vegetable market in US and Canada in 2012 is valued at $2B and has been increasing at a rate of 6% every year. Internationally, this $97B industry’s largest problem is their labor force is increasing in cost, decreasing in availability, and deteriorating in reliability. Four Growers is developing a proprietary harvesting robot that enables greenhouses to lower production costs, increase yields, expand their operations, and increase their profitability by 60%. Four Growers' robot utilizes custom machine learning based computer vision algorithms to identify ripe tomatoes and to analyze plant health. The robot also includes a custom, proprietary end effector (gripper part of robot) to enable faster, higher quality harvesting. Currently we are working with organizations that represent 20% of the domestic greenhouse tomato industry and they are all excited to test our beta this December, some of whom have signed letters of intent.

Team Year: 
2018