The word coconut means the sitting sensation in the island paradise. In reality, a minimum of 5 - 6 billion coconut trees are harvested each year, with 12 million coconuts exported by Philippines and India, making them the largest exporters of coconut in the world. Also, coconut harvesting plays a very important role in the economy of many developing countries. Unfortunately despite its mass distribution and wide spread around the world, coconut harvesting is still done without proper safety measures which can lead to serious casualties. In this paper, we discuss various models for tree climbing and plucking. We have taken into account the safety, reliability, the ease of use which is capable of climbing trees, cutting down coconuts, cleaning the tree tops and spraying pesticides. This system is so designed that it can be controlled by anyone. A prototype of the arm has been designed and tested successfully, using Microsoft Kinect. The designed prototype responds to human gestures with negligible gap in the response time and hence can be implemented in real time
Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Venumadhav, R., Pavan, A., Mahadevan, A., and Charly, T., “Kinect Based Wireless Robotic Coconut Tree Climber”, in 3rd International Conference on Advancements in Electronics and Power Engineering, 2013.