By all accounts, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of robotics and automation by months, if not years. The reasons are fairly clear– robotics do not call in sick, nor are they illness vectors in the same way as their human counterparts. As food production and farming are seeming among the biggest winners from the trend, it’s little wonder that < a class="crunchbase-link"href=""target =" _ blank"data-type ="company

“data-entity=”root-ai”> Root AI is announcing a new financing round. The Boston-based start-up has currently been getting a reasonable bit of press (consisting of on these extremely pages) with the guarantee of produce-picking robotics. This week it announced a seed round of $7.2 million, bringing the company’s total financing as much as $9.5 million, courtesy of Rob May of PJC, First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman, together with Jason Calacanis and Austin McChord of Outsiders Fund.

Image Credits: Root AI There are, naturally, a number of different robotics focused on fruit and vegetables selecting. It is among those jobs with a lack of workers and a high turnover rate. What sets the company’s Virgo robotic apart from the pack, however, is its ability to adapt. Many robotics are concentrated on a single type of produce, but Virgo’s dexterity and soft grippers are created to work with various plants.

“The very first commercial systems will focus on tomato harvesting,” CEO Josh Lessing tells TechCrunch, “with future software updates planned to unlock brand-new crops.” The robotics are currently out in the real world– albeit in incredibly restricted quantities. There are currently two systems deployed in California fields, with prepare for extra robotics showing up in the U.S. and Canada later on this year, in order to stay up to date with increased demand from COVID-19.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.