Coming soon: Tomato-picking robots

tomoato picking robot Would you stop worrying about white collar jobs being offshored to India for a sec? This is serious news: scientists are working on a robot that will ensure we don't need tomato-pickers anymore, too. Under a grant from NASA, Peter Ling, a researcher at Ohio State, is developing a robotic tomato-picking machine to harvest crops grown in space (at space stations, of course). While we didn't realize picking low-hanging fruit was all that hard (compared to say, tree-borne fruit), growers around the country have expressed interest in the machines for obvious reason.

[Via Near Near Future]