The New Zealand robotics industry is small but has a strong educational and research base, as well as creative and practical applications. A particular area of interest, given the country’s commercial history, is technologies for New Zealand farming. Another is healthcare, particularly for the elderly.
For example, the University of Aukland’s Multipurpose Orchard Robots project is designed to deliver pollination and harvesting services with autonomous mobile robots.
Conducted in a partnership with Tauranga-based RoboticsPlus Ltd., the program addresses New Zealand farming concerns, including labor shortages, rising costs, and a lack of quality yields. Yields can be harmed, for instance, by Colony Collapse Disorder, which affects bee pollination, reducing fruit size.
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