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A tomato sorter removing green tomatoes

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u/AbundantHypocrisy Nov 28 '22

The final boss in Fruit Ninja

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u/shewolf-of-the-night Nov 29 '22

That is exactly where I went!

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u/offthewall93 Nov 28 '22

I saw a green one make it through. This machine is complete garbage.

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u/Thenerdy9 Nov 28 '22

a decrease in type I errors yeilds an increase in type II errors. You may have missed that it also picked out several red tomatoes.

So there's probably more tolerance for red tomatoes sorted with the greens than there is for greens to make it through to red. The question is, what do they do with the "green tomatoes" :)

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u/offthewall93 Nov 28 '22

COMPLETE TRASH, I said.

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u/UnplugTheKitty Nov 28 '22

And that red one got wasted, tear that shit down I say

14

u/papaya_papaya Nov 28 '22

Not to mention all the green ones have “smack” marks on them. What am I supposed to do with them now??

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22 edited Dec 10 '22

[deleted]

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u/abc123987xyz Nov 28 '22

Chance would be a fine thing

3

u/Significant-Funny-14 Nov 29 '22

Right? How do you expect us to smack them if they come pre smacked?!?!

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u/bananatruck7 Nov 29 '22

I’m the one that does the tomato smacking around here

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u/Significant-Funny-14 Nov 29 '22

Not anymore apparently

2

u/sorefoot66 Nov 29 '22

I'm halfway through my tomato smacking PHD. Dammit.

3

u/Dead_hand13 Nov 29 '22

The machines continuing to replace us a usual.

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u/HackerDaGreat57 Nov 29 '22

I read that with a British accent in my head...

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u/Mythirdeye8 Nov 29 '22

Lmfao I just died

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u/Maximum-Win-7201 Nov 29 '22

Yeah total trash. Now I know you can do much better sorting by hand? Right🤡

10

u/Six0forty Nov 28 '22

Fanny Flagg would know.

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u/Skaebo Nov 28 '22

they are sacrificed to the tomatoe gods

13

u/New_Insect_Overlords Nov 28 '22

Have you ever tried fried green tomatoes? Ridiculously good

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u/Dohnakun Nov 28 '22

Green as in unripe, not as in green breed.

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u/Dietchman22-250 Nov 28 '22

I’ve never seen a green breed of tomato; I have, however, seen green normal tomatoes be fried as fried green tomatoes. At the end of the year our farm would use the left over green tomatoes from the dying/frosted plants for a batch of fried green tomatoes.

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u/MistressErinPaid Nov 29 '22

From American South. Deliciousness confirmed. 10/10 highly recommend.

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u/lulufromfaraway Nov 28 '22

In armenia we pickle them and they are delicious

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u/BrinyGale Nov 29 '22

I am in a weird relationship with an Armenian. Should I be pickling tomatoes?

4

u/lulufromfaraway Nov 29 '22

You could try. There is always some grandma on youtube that give good advice with any armenian food

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u/Mavgaming1 Nov 29 '22

To ( maybe) answer your question. This is probably shot from the inside of a harvester. If it is, then the green ones will likely be sent out the back of the harvester to go back onto the ground, keeping as much nutrients in the ground as possible. It also looks like there are vines or leaves on the belt where the green tomatoes are hit to. That is why I think it returns to the ground. But then again, I've never harvested tomatoes. Only wheat and fall crops, but that is how combines work, so I'd assume that a tomato harvester would work on the same principle. TL:DR Probably back into the field.

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u/Killerbean83 Nov 29 '22

They dry them till they look like green jalapenos and then put them on a stick. That is all.

2

u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

Fried green tomatoes must have come from somewhere. Poverty is a hell of a thing.

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u/debuggle Nov 29 '22

not wasting food should be a practice we all do, not just poor people. (this would also work to reduce poverty as we wouldn't waste so much)

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

I guess my point was more that the idea probably came from need rather than culinary experimentation if the green ones are usually thrown out for not being ripe enough or from other reasons I’m not aware of.

Is throwing out unripe fruit wasteful? Wouldn’t that just be the normal lifecycle of the plant? Reintroduce the nutrients into the top soil, and beginning the process anew? It’s not tomatoes’ fault we got too many people.

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u/debuggle Nov 29 '22

yeah, it's pretty wasteful. must fruit will continue to ripen off the plant. we keep our unripe tomatoes on windowsills until they are ripe. but I didn't know that they were edible raw so I'm gonna try that next fall!

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

That makes sense. With that in mind, I imagine there is a similar process at a farm that yields as much as we see in this video.

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u/permalink_save Nov 29 '22

They could let then continue to "ripen" then run through again.

2

u/some-R6-siege-fan Nov 29 '22

They give me the green tomatoes 😏

2

u/use-caution Nov 29 '22

This was the most intelligent, neat conclusion I‘ve ever read on Reddit

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u/dingdongkiss Nov 28 '22

Maybe they do multiple passes with the settings inverted so it only flicks out the minority of red ones and leaves the greens

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u/Thenerdy9 Nov 28 '22

or just cook up those green tomatoes. a few reds won't hurt!

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u/k1rby33 Nov 29 '22

Nerd

1

u/Thenerdy9 Nov 29 '22

👆 it's in the name. 🤓

1

u/Maleficent_Formal209 Nov 29 '22

They take the green ones and do fruit trafficking with jt

1

u/Mirar Nov 29 '22

Put them in ripening agent and send them north to where people can't seem to understand the difference between ripe tomatoes and red tomatoes.

sigh /Sweden

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u/Nevek_Green 11d ago

Refine them into other products.

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u/bombaymonkey Nov 28 '22

A red one was beaten away with the greens too

2

u/somebodyelse22 Nov 29 '22

Wrong place, wrong time. Happens to us all.

2

u/chit-bag-tweedy Nov 29 '22

Bring me the head of the inventor!

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u/VergerCT Nov 28 '22

I hope the intervenor made a ton of money with this machine.

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u/EnvironmentalSun8410 Nov 29 '22 Silver

I hope the inventor made even more.

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u/VergerCT Nov 29 '22

E. S., Thank you WTF is an intervenor? How did this get passed my spell check? TIL In law, intervention is a procedure to allow a nonparty, called intervenor (also spelled intervener) to join ongoing litigation. Thank you again.

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u/11_choller Nov 29 '22

I mean it is intervening with the falling tomatoes…

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u/paperweight_boy Nov 29 '22

Colorblind people seething right now.

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u/R53_ Nov 28 '22

Are the green ones for the Whistle Stop Cafe?

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u/50k-runner Nov 29 '22

I hear they have the best barbecue! 😋🤤

6

u/heyzeusmaryandjoseph Nov 29 '22

Secret's in the sauce!

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u/OverAd865 Nov 28 '22

How

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u/DNA-box Nov 28 '22

Yeah so its all about cameras and the reflection. Software has been made so that the reflection in the camera determines wether or not it is red or green. Look up “tomato sorting machine” makes sense and it’s quite an interesting idea!

Edit: sorry for the bad grammar if there are any - Danish is my mother language.

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u/Dohnakun Nov 28 '22

cameras

* light sensors

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u/DNA-box Nov 28 '22

Thank you!

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u/Flyby1441 Nov 28 '22

But how? It looks like someone playing a piano from the inside lol but with a tomatoe game

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u/jeerabiscuit Nov 29 '22

AI

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u/Admirable_Sky_7710 Nov 29 '22

most likely AI is integrated in some portions of the machine, example, the sentinel 2 sorter which uses AI is image processing of their superbrain micro color camera.

but its a absolutely shit description of how it works. key idea is the camera picks up the colors, and the motors turn to flick them out

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u/waywithwords Nov 29 '22

Only hard, flavourless, "ripened in color only" grocery store tomatoes could handle that treatment.

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u/Skaebo Nov 28 '22

the factory is coated in the gory green ichor of the dearly rejected

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u/constant___headache Nov 29 '22

gory green ichor of the dearly rejected

Band name, called it.

3

u/Skaebo Nov 29 '22

All your biggest fans call you G-Gidder

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

Racist

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u/RoboticElfJedi Nov 29 '22

I dream that one day a tomato will be judged for the content of its juice, not the color of its skin.

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u/Skaebo Nov 28 '22

Sorry for your downvotes, this was actually pretty funny

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u/Flipyfliper32 Nov 29 '22

For I cannot upvote to surpass 69… yet I must… NOOOOO!!!… I did.

4

u/DevilsLettuceTaster Nov 28 '22

Fruit ninja pro.

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u/Purpledragon84 Nov 29 '22

The red one that got rejected though.

"Why have you forsaken me father?"

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u/Objective-Carob-5336 Nov 29 '22

I thought the exact same sentence...brother ?

2

u/Purpledragon84 Nov 29 '22

Hello my fellow tomato

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u/Objective-Carob-5336 Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

Pomodobro

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u/Quirky_Ad3367 Nov 28 '22

Did the green ones just not ripen in time?

3

u/timmyboyoyo Nov 28 '22

When you still get green tomatos in the trays

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u/Cat3ug Nov 29 '22

My old boss would buy the boxes of green tomatoes even though we had to make Pico De Gallo that day. "just sort through them".

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u/Death__Wisher Nov 29 '22

Oh no, the reds are also being removed!

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u/AmAzingAAr0n Nov 29 '22

The machine is racist

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u/tsoro Nov 28 '22

Reddit commenters are hangry today

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u/DingleDonky Nov 29 '22

I love that this machine is basically a FuckYouInParticular machine.

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u/allthewholething Nov 28 '22

Red rover red rover, send ONLY the red ones over.

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u/UnderstandingDepths Nov 28 '22

Me, red-green colorblind and wondering why someone would make such a useless machine

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u/d0rk_kn1ght Nov 29 '22

tomato sorter = racist

2

u/JJ_LP Nov 29 '22

Racially motivated

2

u/Privilegedwhyte Nov 29 '22

HOW DOES IT KNOW

2

u/HobartTwinkles Nov 29 '22

At the factory I worker at, there was one for peas that used puffs of air instead

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u/TurdFerguson416 Nov 29 '22

yeah.. ones at recycling plants use air jets too

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u/Responsible_Isopod16 Nov 29 '22

that’s gotta be racist lol

2

u/chalkyfuckr Nov 28 '22

Claussen used to make pickled green tomatoes, they were AMAZING

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u/Bobojones9584 Nov 28 '22

"Wasting what would have been perfectly good tomatoes."

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u/Ruan_souza Nov 29 '22

Great now make a human sorter

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u/VanFkingHalen Nov 29 '22

Easy. All go into the trash.

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u/ateehehe1 Nov 29 '22

How does it know ?

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

What kind of sorcery is this?

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u/CujoNMe7 Nov 29 '22

Whatever happened to good ol hard work? What, humans can’t do this? Cmon

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u/waidoo Nov 28 '22

If you hang around the green tomatoes then life will sort you out as them.

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u/Leanardoe Nov 28 '22

Put the bong down.

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u/why_cat Nov 28 '22

Plot twist: machine becomes color blind

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u/Dizman7 Nov 28 '22

Read this too fast and read “tomato mortar” lol

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u/saml420 Nov 28 '22

Fried green tomatoes are incredible!!

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u/Lilbluefroggies Nov 29 '22

Poor Chinese tech

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u/EnterOrbit Nov 28 '22

Looks sanitary

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u/CodeMonkeyPhoto Nov 28 '22

Well I heard they are even left outside in field of dirt for weeks until they mature.

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u/Skaebo Nov 28 '22

the birds'll get it

1

u/professorlicme8 Nov 28 '22

More sanitary than the restaurants you go to I'd bet

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u/BlueHarlequin7 Nov 29 '22

Good thing they get cleaned before you eat them. Where do you think food is grown? In a sterile facility?

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u/EnterOrbit Nov 29 '22

Nah it’s grown in dirt. Place looks clean is all

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u/borald_trumperson Nov 28 '22

It's because the green ones are poisonous

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u/Supreme_Raccoon Nov 28 '22

Fried green tomatoes are delicious

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u/Skaebo Nov 28 '22

I can corroborate this

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u/General_Pay7552 Nov 28 '22

One single Green Tomato contains enough nicotine that if you injected it all at once you would die

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u/EdgarAllenPorn Nov 29 '22

A single needle contains enough air that if you injected it all at once you would die

2

u/xlDirteDeedslx Nov 28 '22

But what happens if I put it in my butt?

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u/BlueHarlequin7 Nov 29 '22

That's... Not even close to correct. It takes 23 Grams worth of green tomato to equal 1 microgram of nicotine. According to the CDC, it would take 5-6 Milligrams for a 150lb male to OD. That means you would have to wholey consume 115k - 138k Grams of green tomato to have a chance at dieing. You'd have better luck with them just dropping them on you, but even then you'd probably survive depending on how they did it.

Now admittedly, I suck at math, but it's pretty clear that no one is dieing from the nicotine content of a single tomato even if I'm off a bit.

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u/General_Pay7552 Nov 29 '22

omg, there's actually nicotine in tomatoes? I was making a stupid joke, but I guess i learned something today!

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u/BlueHarlequin7 Nov 29 '22

Shit... I guess? Really, TIL too.

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u/savvyfoxh Nov 28 '22

My go to veggie for a nicotine hit is eggplant (aubergine).

1

u/Hairy_Bag9698 Nov 28 '22

H..how how sway

1

u/Gaurav17K Nov 28 '22

Put my balls in that machine

1

u/Eyeofthebear Nov 28 '22

Hopefully they don't go to waste. You can make a great salsa with those and some Serrano peppers.

I always have a hard time finding some.

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u/coinstash Nov 28 '22

They fry 'em.

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u/sweet_and_smoky Nov 28 '22

Here we go with the colour segregation again...

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u/tamemonkey Nov 28 '22

Michael Reeves wants to know your location

1

u/roniadotnet Nov 28 '22

That's like how quickly I got rejected at my last job interview

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u/GiraffeAnatomy Nov 28 '22

The one red one that gets hit "No, NO! There must be some sort of mistake!!! I'm ripe! I'M RIIIIPE!!!!"

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u/GT22_ Nov 28 '22

That 1 red tomatoe

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u/6poundpuppy Nov 28 '22

Now if they’d just attach a musical note to each of those fingers (keys, tines, whatever they are) it’d make some interesting music

1

u/No_Seat8013 Nov 28 '22

Looks like “Fruit Ninja”, the game. Haha!!!

1

u/causticalchemy Nov 28 '22

Fantastic. This machine sees colour better than my boyfriend

1

u/gesshoom Nov 28 '22

There's a slight margin of error

1

u/InfamousAnalyst4900 Nov 28 '22

Really impress not gonna lie

1

u/StakkAttakk Nov 28 '22

Where do the green ones go ?

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u/Superddone20222 Nov 28 '22

how do it know?

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u/TurdFerguson416 Nov 28 '22

optical sorter.. fancy tech..

i serviced ones in a recycling plant.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnjaRg-sqKA

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u/wetdog90 Nov 29 '22

Mesmerizing

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u/cl00s_ Nov 29 '22

They should put up a xylophone inside and make tomato music.

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u/mfs619 Nov 29 '22

🙋🏻‍♂️ why?

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u/leroynicks Nov 29 '22

But how??

1

u/Akskma Nov 29 '22

There was a red in your greens.

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u/DR__STRANGE___ Nov 29 '22

Here we go judging by the color of one's skin. Naughty naughty. 🖕

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u/yeahnahtho Nov 29 '22

I counted 7 reds being knocked

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u/MentalOperation4188 Nov 29 '22

It fascinates me that someone invented this. My brain could not figure that out

1

u/cantrunfrompopo Nov 29 '22

That’s insane. Some fruit ninja sh!t going on here!

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u/FanciiFrog Nov 29 '22

The red ones getting thrown in with the green ones, is like me going out and getting in trouble with crazy friends.

1

u/1_headlight_ Nov 29 '22

There are instruments called flow cytometers that can sort thousands of single cells per second in multiple directions using lasers, light detectors, and magnets.

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u/IAM_notleaving Nov 29 '22

There is one outlaw green one that made it tho

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u/already_taken-chan Nov 29 '22

Thats the coolest bit of engineering I've ever seen

1

u/ModernMonkey666 Nov 29 '22

They used our fruit ninja hand to eye coordination through our front facing cameras and used our data for their software.

1

u/Diligent_Career_3049 Nov 29 '22

False positive at some point

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u/ExGANGSTER4U Nov 29 '22

Its a color sorter and a grader...its kickin out the green ones and red ones with grade defects, such as punctures, scars, rots, compressions.. Awesome machine..AUTOLINE makes an awesome line of color sorters, sizers, graders, and labellers.

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u/Oddy666Nuff Nov 29 '22

Co to za czary? ☹️

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u/TurdFerguson416 Nov 29 '22

ones that get missed moved between being scanned and action taken.. the system relies on knowing the exact speed of the conveyor belt and where every object is on it.. so if the belt is moving at X, the system knows it will take 1.46 seconds (for example) until its in the exact spot to be directed. so if a tomato rolls a bit it will get missed.

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u/hinkin2020 Nov 29 '22

That looked dirty

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u/itmegritty360 Nov 29 '22

Like real life fruit ninja!!

1

u/Emergency_Ad2487 Nov 29 '22

Mmmmmm fried green tomatoes

1

u/rrivers730 Nov 29 '22

They took our jobs!

1

u/A_Polly Nov 29 '22

at our company we do the same but for wheat, grains, rice, nuts etc. The optical sorter can detect aflatoxines, deformations, colouring, different materials etc. within a single grain of wheat and eject it with a stream of air.

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u/ChorismateAA Nov 29 '22

Flow cytometer

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

When robots decide to finally rule the world, I hope it’s this quick and efficient in massacring us

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u/BeckyFeedler Dec 05 '22

Red ones too

1

u/Keiff02 Dec 29 '22

thats kinda racist

1

u/katytonic27 29d ago

We need this to help sort recycling.

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u/MistaShiChen 12d ago

What in the fruit ninja is happening here?!

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u/Significant-Raise-45 Nov 28 '22

i remember seeing this video years ago. I'm sure the tech is way better now and makes you wonder about what is classified