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Gear Talk => Canon General => Topic started by: canonnews on March 04, 2018, 11:37:03 AM

Title: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: canonnews on March 04, 2018, 11:37:03 AM
I’m beginning to think that Canon Electronics does a lot of really cool things.  As you may have remembered, they are also partnered up for Japan’s private company launch facilities, rocket and satellite programs.

Here, they are working with a company in Japan to help mass produce lettuce in factories.

As the article from Nikkei Asia Review notes;

Canon Electronics will provide automated systems for seeding, harvesting and shipping to Vitec’s vegetable unit. This will be Canon’s first time sharing its automation technology with an outside party. The company hopes to soak up more farming expertise that it can later use on its own.

One of the locations, in the central prefecture of Ishikawa, is expected to be capable of producing 4,400 tons of leafy vegetables a year, or 120,000 pieces a day. This would make it Japan’s largest facility of its kind.

Clearly they are attempting to be not outdone by Canon USA’s little robot..

Read the article here.. 

Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on March 04, 2018, 12:13:50 PM
It sounds like a move into Industrial Robotics.

A few years back, Canon announced that all their new products would be designed for robotic assembly, and from that multi year effort, they have likely developed a lot of expertise and are looking to make a profit from it.

Japan has a severe labor shortage and farming is probably the most labor intensive industry.  Automated growing and harvesting of vegetables would free up workers for higher paying jobs.  The US also has a shortage of workers for agricultural work, its a low paying job.  There have been lots of harvesting machines developed over the years, but I have not heard of end to end robotic machinery.  Picking apples is still done by hand.
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: canonnews on March 04, 2018, 12:17:37 PM
It sounds like a move into Industrial Robotics.

A few years back, Canon announced that all their new products would be designed for robotic assembly, and from that multi year effort, they have likely developed a lot of expertise and are looking to make a profit from it.

Their lens assembly automation has been done for a while.  50% of the 16-35 2.8L III is done by automated assembly, and Canon is aiming for 80%.

Always interesting to see other uses for the technology and helping to feed people especially where there is power and water but otherwise not a good enough environment for farming.

I think there was some factories in NYC experimenting with lettuce / green food farming.

Was also interesting is that Canon may be thinking about getting into factory farming of their own in the future
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: LDS on March 04, 2018, 01:08:59 PM
Canon Electronics will provide automated systems for seeding, harvesting and shipping to Vitec’s vegetable unit.

Hope it's not the same Vitec owning the Manfrotto/Lowepro/etc. brands...
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: Talys on March 04, 2018, 01:13:17 PM
Soon, Canon robots will farm Canon lettuce Farms!
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: justawriter on March 04, 2018, 01:25:55 PM
Waiting for someone to comment how Sony lettuce has much better DR (Digestive Resistance).
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: Click on March 04, 2018, 01:29:23 PM
Waiting for someone to comment how Sony lettuce has much better DR (Digestive Resistance).

LOL  ;D
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: AJ on March 04, 2018, 02:47:44 PM
Do some bunches of lettuce have a red ring?
I guess L stands for lettuce.
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: Don Haines on March 04, 2018, 06:16:03 PM
Do some bunches of lettuce have a red ring?

No.

Lettuce is a crop.... not a Full Frame....

Canon has never put a red ring on a crop......
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: Click on March 04, 2018, 06:26:31 PM
Lettuce is a crop.... not a Full Frame....

Canon has never put a red ring on a crop......

 ;D  Excellent, Don.
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: GMCPhotographics on March 04, 2018, 07:55:21 PM
Apparently....Canon doesn't innovate...according to some...just saying...

 :)  :)  :)
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: Lurker on March 04, 2018, 11:47:22 PM
This isn't anything new, Canon has been picking my lettuce crop since 1996.  They haven't gotten as much from me as they have from some of you, my GAS has been fairly well controlled.  Only 3 bodies, 1 grip, 2 printers, 4 flashes and 9 lenses in 22 years.
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: dolina on March 05, 2018, 12:33:30 AM
Japan has a severe labor shortage and farming is probably the most labor intensive industry.  Automated growing and harvesting of vegetables would free up workers for higher paying jobs.  The US also has a shortage of workers for agricultural work, its a low paying job.  There have been lots of harvesting machines developed over the years, but I have not heard of end to end robotic machinery.  Picking apples is still done by hand.
To fill in the gap they hire Filipino migrant workers. A Japanese classmate of my mom used to head the efforts in Manila.
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: greger on March 05, 2018, 12:39:07 AM
Here in Canada the rush is to convert green houses from growing lettuce to growing marijuana.  Canon will have a hungry market with the munchies wanting good lettuce on their burgers!
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: SV on March 05, 2018, 07:18:48 AM
Lettuce hope they come out with a FF mirrorless soon...
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: NancyP on March 05, 2018, 11:33:27 AM
No weirder than Fujifilm at one time being an esteemed and major breeder of KOI (yes, those beautiful decorative carp)... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koi

A family member used to work for Fujifilm America as a color scientist, and told me about the huge koi ponds at the Japan headquarters, originally started as a public relations effort in order to reassure the locals that the film chemistry plant wouldn't be contaminating the environment (look, our fish live in the effluent...). Given that koi are essentially big catfish, bottom feeders, this may not have been a high demand on the fish. However, apparently the sales of excess koi did become a (relatively small) line item in the Fujifilm tax returns. Some individual mature fish were line item assets, being worth (equivalent) $10,000.00 to $60,000.00 - the fish equivalents of Secretariat.
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: Mancubus on March 05, 2018, 11:43:28 AM
This website only publishes depressing news, lettuce crops and a decade old technology on a plastic entry level body.

Meanwhile the Nikon D850 goes on unmatched and Sony releases a body under 2000usd that steamrolls over any Canon FF body under 4000usd.
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: Don Haines on March 05, 2018, 11:54:32 AM
In similar robotics news, robot cats are getting ready to take over the internet!

https://www.amazon.ca/Joy-All-Orange-Tabby-Cat/dp/B017JQQ01A/ref=sr_1_1/143-8997470-4033434?ie=UTF8&qid=1520268781&sr=8-1&keywords=robot+cat
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: transpo1 on March 05, 2018, 01:23:53 PM
Lettuce is a crop.... not a Full Frame....

Canon has never put a red ring on a crop......

 ;D  Excellent, Don.

So good.

Lettuce innovate, Canon!
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: KeithBreazeal on March 05, 2018, 02:33:54 PM
I'm going to look into a salad bowl with a red ring.
Canon is smart to diversify.  Right now, I need a robotic snowblower.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4774/39929545554_257ac3e054_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23QrmLA)My winter in the Sierras (https://flic.kr/p/23QrmLA) by Keith Breazeal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/50428479@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: Nelu on March 05, 2018, 11:59:17 PM
This website only publishes depressing news, lettuce crops and a decade old technology on a plastic entry level body.

Meanwhile the Nikon D850 goes on unmatched and Sony releases a body under 2000usd that steamrolls over any Canon FF body under 4000usd.
So true, so true...lettuce? Really? :(
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: littleB on March 06, 2018, 04:06:09 AM
A lot of people would say "I am fed up with Canon crops, I would not even taste their recent crops. Canon is doomed because it still uses mirrors to collect light for crops. I better go Sony lettuce, because it is lighter on me, even though I never tasted a Sony lettuce. But their grass is greener in my mind.".
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: canonnews on March 06, 2018, 10:10:19 AM
This website only publishes depressing news, lettuce crops and a decade old technology on a plastic entry level body.

Meanwhile the Nikon D850 goes on unmatched and Sony releases a body under 2000usd that steamrolls over any Canon FF body under 4000usd.
So true, so true...lettuce? Really? :(

Canon as a company is pretty diverse and does a lot of neat things.

In my humble opinion, it's always good to see what they are doing in other fields, or how camera technology evolves into other things, such as this; something that just may in the future help the world feed it's population. 

Since I'm helping Craig while he's on vacation, bear with me a bit.  I find it cool.  Just not as cool as cucumbers.

Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: AdjustedInCamera on March 06, 2018, 11:32:48 AM
This website only publishes depressing news, lettuce crops and a decade old technology on a plastic entry level body.

Meanwhile the Nikon D850 goes on unmatched and Sony releases a body under 2000usd that steamrolls over any Canon FF body under 4000usd.
So true, so true...lettuce? Really? :(

Canon as a company is pretty diverse and does a lot of neat things.

In my humble opinion, it's always good to see what they are doing in other fields, or how camera technology evolves into other things, such as this; something that just may in the future help the world feed it's population. 

Since I'm helping Craig while he's on vacation, bear with me a bit.  I find it cool.  Just not as cool as cucumbers.

What they are doing 'in other fields'? - tomatoes probably.

I just hope the new 5DSR has a tilty-flippy screen.

Lettuce wait and see.

(Sorry)
Title: Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
Post by: littleB on March 06, 2018, 01:19:54 PM

Since I'm helping Craig while he's on vacation, bear with me a bit.  I find it cool.  Just not as cool as cucumbers.
This is as cool as liquid nitrogen!