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Do You Prefer Impersonal or Personal Coffee

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Touch the Soil News #652 (Feature Photo, courtesy of Café X) While it may seem not such a big deal, robotics are leading the charge of “impersonal” in the food chain. Café X, an evolving approach to robotic baristas, now has a fully functioning coffee bar in San Francisco. No personal service however. Orders are taken via an app and a large automated barista with the help of a robotic arm serve the coffee. Henry Hu, Founder and CEO of Café X is heading rapidly down the robotic path to commerce. Claims are that you can get coffee in 10 seconds rather than 10 minutes. At the heart of the…

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Robotics Entering the Food Chain

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Touch the Soil News #480 (feature photo Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias GNU Free License) The food chain is one of the backbones of the America economy, representing 20 million workers (almost 12 percent of the American workforce). The entrance of robotics in the food chain is as much driven by financial reasons as it is technology reasons. Why would the nation’s food chain employ you or your neighbor, if the corporations that dominate the food chain can lower labor costs through robotic deployment? The critical question here is economics and not technology. For example, if robotics can cut out 10 percent of the nation’s labor costs, the overall economy…

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The Lettuce Robot Has Arrived

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Touch the Soil News # 132 The most labor intensive crop is lettuce. One of the most labor intensive tasks in lettuce farming is thinning the lettuce plants early in the season. Once the lettuce takes stand, thinning gives the remaining lettuce plants room to grow and mature to market-size lettuce heads. Advanced Lettuce-thinning Robot Entrepreneur Jorge Heraud, from Salinas Valley in California founded Blue River Technology. The company invented what they call the LettuceBot. The LettuceBot can thin lettuce plants automatically and without labor. Consider that at the present, it takes about 50 farm laborers two days to thin a 15-acre lettuce field. The LettuceBot, using cutting edge robots,…

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Agricultural Innovations on the Rise

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Touch the Soil News #113 –– includes 5 videos Agricultural innovations are on the rise to address all kinds of issues such as nutrition, recycling food waste, labor shortages and more. Following is a sampling of new innovations: California Safe Soils The Company has developed a recycling process that turns waste food into farm fertilizer for a complete harvest to harvest recycling program. See video: Edyn Smart Garden Sensor The company has developed technology that lets you know what’s happening in your garden at all times. Whether you are a novice gardener or managing a small-scale organic farm. The garden sensor gathers and analyzes data about weather and soil conditions-…

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