OrBot, a fruit harvesting robot prototype being developed by the Northwest Nazarene University engineering department, picks a plastic apple from a plastic tree May 6.

NAMPA — A university professor in Nampa, with the help of his engineering students, is developing a fruit harvesting robot prototype for Idaho orchardists.

Duke Bulanon, an engineering professor at Northwest Nazarene University, received a $132,000 specialty crop grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture for the project.

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