Macon, France - new vineyard workers looking for a job in France. White with red trim 50 cm (20 inches) high and 60 wide, it has two arms and four wheels, six cameras, 600 prune the vines and to the patient.
Wall-Ye VIN robot invented by Christophe Millot brainchild of Burgundy was one of the robots are being developed around the world aimed at trying to find the workers they need in the vineyard.
They take the time to trim the compassion of consumption and de-suckering - eliminating unproductive shoots - while collecting important information about the health and vitality of the soil, fruit and grapes.
Sales demonstration is about to begin and the most famous French wine as Bordeaux first growth Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. For their vineyards will host a robot 20 kg (44 pounds) put in their appearance.
Built-in protection mechanism designed to prevent the potential for kidnapped robot.
"He had a GPS and if he finds himself in the vineyard is not set, it will not start. The rotation, so that it is removed from the dead "Millot said.
"If this happens, the hard drive itself and the robot will winemaker:" Help! '.
The inspiration came from growing frustrated Denise Millot Fetzmann real estate of Domaine Louis Latour, while on a tour of his vineyards in the southeast region of France Ardèche.
It took three long years.
"Honestly, it is thousands of hours of work for the two of us - on weekends and at night," a toolmaker for Julien Alliance on Millot the robot said.
"The biggest challenge is to allow the camera to understand what they see and how they interpret it," Millot added.
Demonstration prototype has caused an uproar in the wine industry.
winemakers are excited to Millot list of tasks that they need to be assigned.
"I planted all that different," said the inventor, "in Alsace, as they want to cancel the suckering with a simple knife to clean the top of the Gewürztraminer.".
Wall E robot set price tag of 25,000 euros ($ 32,000) as well as the average car.
"That's not a bad idea if it will work both day and night, even on Sundays, unused vacation time or stop for a bite," said Julien.
"If I had a choice between a robot and an employee, I would be a robot - it's cheaper and less of a problem" Patricia Chabrol owners in Saint-Emilion's Chateau Gerbaud the walls Ye says.
"We have a robot in a robot factory aged care - I think we can make some very high quality work with this robot vines".
The robot will be destroyed in the time of the French three million unemployed?
"Obviously, this means that we will work for the vineyard pruners, but we are creating jobs for the people who went to school and to create, maintain and improve the robot," replied Julien's.
"And we will continue to be produced in France".
Walls Ye is one of only a few such projects under development in the world of wine in both California and New Zealand is developing an intelligent robot vision-based pruning.
Richard Green of the University of Canterbury to develop a robot to cut the giant drink French Pernod Ricard was expected to save the new wine industry, New Zealand is 17,600,000 € ($ 23 million) per year by increasing productivity and reduce crop losses.
"But it is not just the cost of labor, it is about the quality of the cut. Often we need to start pruning must be trained annually, "Green said.
California Vision Robotics founder Brett Wallach said grape pruning robots are still in the testing phase to three meters (10 feet) high with eight cameras and a pair of 3D model of vines, set up rules to cut.
"These are the same rules that you can organize the crew," Wallach said the leader of the crew, but a growing shortage in California. "And it's getting worse every year."
France produces some of the workers do not want to see an industrial robot pruners, which have been registered on the basis of the product.
"This technique is interesting. But wisdom is unthinkable. This does not fit with my philosophy of building. Saint-Emilion Grand Cru "Philippe Bardet said the owner of Chateau Du Val d'Or.
"I am all for automation of some tasks, but not cut."
"Each plant is unique in terms of what you should definitely consider when power cut" Fetzmann of Domaine Louis Latour said.
"But I see a robot doing basic crops in November and ends in March. This machine is very useful information for each vine stock socks each step of adapting to a variety of vegetation and soil, even in the area. ".
winemakers, many straw polls in elections AFP robot vines that will inevitably develop.
"We've been told that we have not used the machine for harvesting, and now we're doing" Fetzmann said "everything that can be mechanized in the vehicle.".