Augmented reality could aid poultry trimmers

US - Graphical instructions beamed by light onto poultry carcasses could soon help trimmers on the production line separate the bad from the good.

Currently, poultry processors use human screeners to inspect the carcasses. The screeners communicate instructions to trimmers using gestures when they find a bird with undesirable parts.

Now researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) claim they have designed a computer system that automates the inspection process, making it faster and more efficient. The system eliminates the need for the human screeners and is being field tested prior to being commercialised for use, said the head of GTRI's food technology processing division, Craig Wyvill.

Other GTRI researchers are in the process of developing two graphical communications systems to link the inspection system to trimmers on the processing line. They plan to use augmented reality technology, a computing technique which combines computer graphics with images of the real world.

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