Surprisingly Impressive: Slow Motion Footage Of A Tomato Sorting Machine

May 1, 2017

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.

  • Roark

    Get that weak shit out of Here

  • The_Wretched

    30 people used to be needed for the same work before that machine displaced them.

  • Meh

    Excellent post GW. Now do my Tuesday dose..

  • Jenness

    I'm just waiting for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Fruits That Do Not Taste Like Fruits and Everyone Thinks Are Vegetables Anyway (PETFTDNTLFETAVA) to freak out and protest at this invegemane video.

  • Draco Basileus

    I want to know what the false-positive rate is.

  • Xenoman

    I don't think it really matters. Most food sorting is separating ugly food from pretty food. The pretty food ends up on store shelves while the ugly food is used for recipes like tomato paste or pasta sauce. It's all used so as long as the machine is mostly right, it's good enough.

  • Jenness

    That makes me feel better for the ugly tomatoes.

  • Geekologie

    that's exactly what i was thinking after you mentioned it

  • TheQiwiMan

    That's also exactly what I was thinking after reading your reply to Draco's comment.

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