Queensland engineer Fraser Border has today been recognised for his efforts in developing ‘superhuman’ vision for meat processing workers that takes the guesswork out of where the fat ends and the lean beef starts.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud announced Mr Border as the winner of the Minister’s Award at this year’s Science and Innovation Awards for his trailblazing augmented reality visualisation technology.
“I am delighted to announce Fraser as the winner of the Minister’s Award, and much deserved too,” Minister Littleproud said.
“This is cutting-edge smarts that could stop meat workers from flying blind when trimming strip loin.
“Fraser’s superhuman goggles could potentially save the meat processing industry millions of dollars a year, with reduced errors and higher yields.
“This technology will not only enhance operator performance but also serve as a pilot towards the adoption of wearables, AR and futuristic technologies.
“This is innovation, insight and ingenuity at its very best and will take our already sophisticated meat industry to even higher levels.
“I congratulate all winners and nominees of this year’s Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for their innovative research projects which support the future success of Australia’s agriculture industries.
“These young people are transforming agriculture not just in a broad sense as we grow to a $100 billion industry but also in a regional sense by making change for lives of regional Australians though innovation and hard work.
“It is great to see all these people who have such a passion for our agriculture sector.”
Mr Border, a University of Southern Queensland researcher, receives $22,000 in grant funding from industry for winning the Australian Meat Processor Corporation category – and a further $22,000 from government for winning the Minister’s Award for his extended research project.