Thrissur: The students of Christ Engineering College in Irinjalakuda have developed a unique machine that helps coconut farmers in harvesting.
Final year mechanical engineering students Ashwin Anil, Evin Paul, Joseph and Kiran Joy designed and developed the robot for climbing coconut trees and plucking coconuts. Assistant professor T. V. Sreejith is the guide of the project team.
Named as ‘Kera Harvester’, the machine weighs less than 8 kilograms. It has two parts to climb the tree and pluck coconuts. The machine works on 12W electricity and its prototype costs Rs 14,000.
'Kera Harvester' acts like a robot with automated working style and WiFi modules. The machine can be controlled with the help of a remote from the bottom of the tree.
The operator can see the top portions of the coconut tree on the screen through the camera attached to the machine. The wheels of the machine tighten and loosen according to the size of the tree.