Innovation Matters GbR:
SafranMatters: We’re bringing robotics to the farm!
The vision of the start-up company Innovation Matters is to optimize laborious agricultural processes with the help of robotics, and to make these processes more efficient, sustainable and economical. Saffron is one of the most valuable spices in the world.
Innovation Matters GbR aims to take a holistic approach with “SafranMatters”. Their concept involves planting, maintaining, and harvesting. A prototype of the harvesting machine “Oscar” automatically recognizes saffron blossoms. The cutting head is maneuvered into position and removes the blossom, which falls into the harvest container. The electrically powered machine is very agile and consumes little energy. Oscar would allow any farmer to cultivate saffron in small- or large-scale production. In this way, consumers would have access to a fair and delicious spice. The next steps for the project include optimizing the design and implementing new functionalities, including applications for other plant species.
Winner of the Bioökonomie-Innovationspreis 2022 of the state of Baden-Württemberg.