Technology – BBC News

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Robot fruit pickers could help solve the industry’s skilled recruitment crisis, says a Kent farm manager.

Giles Cannon, who manages Roughway Farm near Tonbridge, says his farm has been “overwhelmed” with job interest in recent weeks as hundreds of people seek to work as fruit pickers.

It comes several weeks after a national call was made by the Environment Secretary, George Eustice, urging students and furloughed workers to apply for seasonal farm work amid feared shortages.

However, hiring experienced staff has proved challenging for the agricultural sector, according to Mr Cannon.

Mr Cannon, who has worked in the farming sector for decades, said: “To call fruit picking an unskilled job is doing the industry a disservice.”

Farmers around the world are increasingly interested in robot technology to address the long-term decline in skilled labour, according to 2019 research carried out by Fieldwork Robotics, a company linked to the University of

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Get Gadgets – Microsoft Store

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Get more out of your accessories with Microsoft Gadgets.

Gadgets keeps track of where and when you last connected your smart accessories so you’ll know where to start looking if they’re lost. You’ll also know exactly when your accessories need topping up because Gadgets alerts you when their power is running low (supported accessories only).

What you can do with Gadgets:

– Make your own smart triggers. Choose an app that opens automatically whenever you connect to an accessory, such as open Spotify when you connect your headphones or HERE Drive when your phone connects to your car’s Bluetooth kit.
– Launch apps quickly. Customize the list of apps that appear in Gadget’s launch pad according to which accessory is connected.
– Find missing accessories. Gadgets keeps track of where and when you last connected to a smart accessory. And with Treasure Tags, you can use Gadgets to ring the

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