Of course machine learning can help you sort cucumbers

Google’s machine learning platform might be a few years from solving any of the world’s major problems, but for one farming family in Japan, the TensorFlow platform has already reduced the amount of time spent sorting cucumbers into standards.Makoto Koike, a former embedded systems designer, implemented the TensorFlow platform into his family’s cucumber farm. See Also: Are big data analytics more important than the cloud? The goal was reducing the amount of time his parents spend sorting cucumbers, which can reach eight hours per day at peak harvest. Koike crafted an Arduino powered conveyer belt and connected it to a Raspberry Pi 3 processor. Webcams hanging above the belt take low resolution photos of the cucumbers, which are sent to the cloud and assigned a standard. Once assigned, the belt…

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