With soft, nimble fingers, an arm stretches out to delicately pluck an apple from a shelf and place it gently into a basket.
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It performs the task again with a bag of limes and again with a pepper, never tiring, never complaining.
This is a prototype robotic arm being tested by Ocado, the British online supermarket. The irregular shape and delicate flesh of these common groceries have meant they tend to be packed by human workers at Ocado’s warehouses. But the company is pursuing robotic technology that could assist these human warehouse workers but still handle produce safely, making the process faster and cheaper for the company.