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A Drone Aircraft for Harvesting Coconuts

Publication Type : Patents

Thematic Areas : Humanitarian-Robotics-HCI

Publisher : U.S. Patent 5319/CHE/20152015.

Source : Number 5319/CHE/2015, India (2015)

Campus : Amritapuri

School : Center for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, Department of Social Work

Center : Ammachi labs, Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

Department : Social Work

Verified : Yes

Year : 2015

Abstract : The present invention describes an apparatus for cutting anything hanging off the tree without climbing the tree. The apparatus comprises of a drone type air craft outfitted with a camera and a laser cutting tool. An operator can perform coconut harvesting by remotely assisting the apparatus. The harvesting of coconut is performed by monitoring the camera output. From the camera output, the operator has a full view of the object cutting area and the operator can check the correct harvest timing of the coconut, as well as positioning of the cutting mechanism. Both the evaluation of the ripen status of the coconut and the harvesting are enabled with a laser mechanism fitted on the machine unit which in turn provides a clear view and easy access to the coconut/cutting area. The apparatus is designed in such a way that to provide safety and flexibility to the operator while harvesting the coconuts. Further the apparatus performs rapid harvesting of ripe coconuts by removing the hardchips of the later versions of the coconut harvesting aids.

Cite this Research Publication : Rao R. Bhavani, “A Drone Aircraft for Harvesting Coconuts”, U.S. Patent 5319/CHE/20152015.

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