17:35 07 June 2017
The maker of Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner is bringing you Tertill, a solar-powered robo-gardener that weeds the garden for you. Resembling a tiny white tank, it uses algorithms to ensure it takes care of as many weeds as possible.
The waterproofed robotic weeder is being developed by Massachusetts-based Franklin Robotics, under the guidance of the co-inventor of iRobot’s Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, Joe Jones.
In a blog post, Mr Jones, CTO at the startup, said: "The idea for Tertill came about as a way for gardeners like me, as well as more experienced gardeners to grow a healthy garden without worrying about weeds,"
The garden 'bot runs on solar power and is also waterproof, so that it can be safely left out in the garden, even if it rains.
He added: "I’m working to develop Tertill so that I can enjoy planting, tending to crops, harvesting them, and enjoying the fruits - and vegetables and flowers - of my labour, without worrying about missing a day of weeding,"
Other than Tertill, other robots that can help you with garden upkeep include robotic lawnmowers as well as Kobi, which has been designed to shovel snow and collect cut grass and leaves.
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