Automating Agriculture

Ripe Robotics designs, builds, and operates robots that pick apples and stone fruit. Our mission is to fully automate agriculture.

We are in early commercial trials in Shepparton, Australia, and will be scaling up our fleet in 2023 and 2024.

How We Operate

We don't sell or lease our machines. Instead, we charge by-the-bin for the fruit we pick, just like a human fruit picker.  

Growers only need to tell us where, when, and how much fruit to pick, and we handle the rest.

The robots gather data on everything. Soon they will be able to track fruit through the season and pick better than people.


Our Commercial Protoype

Eve is designed to pick apples, plums, peaches, and nectarines that are grown on either 2D planar or V-trellis.

Our AI analyses every piece of fruit picked for size, colour, and quality, and we're working on presenting this information in real time to the grower.

Later on, we'll use the data we gather to make the robot better. We'll expand it's capabilities to do thinning, pruning, spraying, and other tasks, and even do new science using big data never before available.

We've been able to do a lot for under US$450k raised.






Why Ripe?

The next twenty years will be the most significant in history. We expect artificial intelligence to continue to improve, eventually meeting & exceeding human capabilities, and completely transforming the world.

Today, ahead of time, we have the opportunity to influence what sort of future we will live in. Can we align AI to human goals, and use it to solve the world's problems?

The central reason for Ripe Robotics existing is to build this future well.

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Our Team

Hunter Jay

6 years start-up & engineering experience. Sole engineer on robots Mk1 to Mk4. Previously built 'FlagWars', a game featured on iOS App Store.

Michael Woods

PhD in Mechatronics and 12 years of engineering experience, including Squad Lead at Baraja & Lead Systems Engineer at SonarTech.

Peter Kydd

6 years in software engineering for robotics & IOT systems (underwater navigation systems, LiDAR for self-driving, & RoboCup Challenges)

Tobin Smit

1st Class Honours thesis on ag-equipment path tracking. Co-led development of an automated coffee roaster.

Soroush Pour

Repeat founder, engineer & manager. Employee #15 at Plaid. Employee #7 & Head of Engineering at Vow (Blackbird, Square Peg backed)

Leopold Lucas

5+ years in sales & consulting, repeat founder, lawyer and self-taught programmer. Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.


We look for candidates with exceptional ability, as demonstrated by previous projects (work, university, or independent) & deep understanding in interviews. Formal education and length of experience are less important.

While we're not hiring right now, feel free to reach out to keep up to date. You can send your resume to contact@riperobotics.com


  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Systems Integration & QA Roles
  • Field Technicians
  • Operations Roles

Our Trial Partners

Mitchell McNab
Alex Turnbull
Brent Reeve

We need to transition to robotic harvesting within five years or our U.S. based operations will not be sustainable.

Walt Dulfock


Walt Dulfock



We will be expanding beyond Shepparton in 2024 and 2025, with trials in New Zealand, the United States, and across Europe.

If you're a grower interested in hearing more or joining the waitlist, please reach out to contact@riperobotics.com

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