Viticulturists conducting their work without visiting the vineyard? Not impossible, according to Australian researchers who offered a glimpse of their futuristic vineyard located at the University of Adelaide, in a report by Drinks International.
Some of the technologies we can look forward to is an iPhone app to measure canopy growth, a camera that uses near-infrared spectroscopy, or wave lengths imperceptible to the human eye, to measure water stress, but at a cost of about 1% of a thermal camera currently under trial.
And finally, a machine that is attached to a berry by electrodes and measures grape quality, much like fat is measured in humans, by passing an alternating current through it to see how the cells behave. It could give information like sugar content and berry degradation.
Read the full report here.