Artificial Intelligence Designed for Cannabis


Automation leader Eteros Technologies acquires Bloom Automation to bring revolutionary computer vision and artificial intelligence to the cannabis industry.

Eteros Technologies USA, Inc., a global leader in hemp harvesting equipment, recently acquired Bloom Automation, creating the first agricultural technology (Ag-tech) company focused on the post-harvest hemp market.

Founded in Canada in 2016, Eteros Technologies is now the world’s leading manufacturer of cannabis automation equipment. As the parent company of the Triminator and Mobius brands, Eteros strives to provide post-harvest processing solutions for all levels of cannabis production. The acquisition of Bloom strengthens Eteros’ ability to achieve this goal by providing cannabis producers with computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Using the potential Hemp and Ag-Tech

Robot-trimmed bud.

While Ag-tech has been one of the fastest-growing industries in conventional agriculture, and is projected to exceed 15.3 billion in 2025, hemp Ag-tech is still in its infancy. Eteros hopes to change that with its acquisition of Bloom.

“As competitive as the cannabis market is today, the market is only expected to grow. There are so many areas in cannabis where producers use manual labor because they need human intelligence,” said Aaron McKellar, CEO of Eteros. “At Eteros, we see a huge opportunity to bring Bloom AI into harvest automation to gain competitive advantage. By combining Bloom technology with Mobius, we can provide operators with a powerful new data set to help them make better decisions and increase the level of automation.

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This Ag-tech integration comes at a critical time for hemp growers, who are facing price cuts of up to 62% in mature markets like Colorado. These price cuts are causing growers across the country to evaluate their harvesting methods. While many processes have previously been mechanized, Eteros believes that integrating Bloom technology, which uses sensor arrays and AI-driven algorithms to collect data, will improve the accuracy, precision and efficiency of existing automation.

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In addition, the technology will enable a whole new wave of processing capabilities, including defoliation, yield weight predictions, pathogen identification and canopy density estimation, which was one of the main drivers of harvesting.

“Our mission has always been to bring AI and robotics to all aspects of the cannabis industry. By joining Eteros, we can seamlessly build intelligent automation into a broad ecosystem of new and existing products,” said John Gow, CEO of Bloom.

With a shared vision of empowering cannabis growers with actionable data, Eteros and Bloom plan to quickly begin offering end-to-end AI automation across a broad spectrum of applications.


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