This is a video demonstration of the TOMRA Sentinel II tomato sorting machine. It uses optical sensors to detect underripe tomatoes, which are quickly given a robotic smack that sends them into the reject bin, while the good tomatoes go flying past. It was actually pretty amazing to watch, especially when you see how fast it operates in real time. Now I want a BLT. Now I want a cheeseburger. Now I want an Orange Julius. Personally, I buy my tomatoes at the farmer's market at Sunday from a guy who has dirt under his fingernails. "From farming?" I just assumed from burying bodies.
Keep going for the video, but skip to about 1:00 for the beginning of the good stuff.
Thanks to Chip, who agrees there's no better tasting tomato than one you grew yourself.