While the level of enjoyment that gardening instills in a person varies there is one thing we should be able to agree upon; weeding sucks. The team that brought you the Roomba has a solution in mind and they have launched a Kickstarter for Tertill, the robotic weed destroyer. You can contribute to the project and pick up this solar powered robotic weed eater for as little as $225 for delivery in time for next years gardening season. Instead of using robotic vision, which can have some interesting interpretations of objects, it will munch anything short enough to pass underneath it with its spinning string trimmer, unless it has one of the provided collars around it to protect it. The collar in the video seems to be easily replicable with some wire and pliers if you have enough baby plants you need extra. Drop by to take a look at the campaign and the Tertill in action.
"iRobot veteran and Roomba co-inventor, Joe Jones is a modest man with a big mission: to create robots that make agriculture more efficient, less tedious, and yes, maybe even one day feed the world. After a decade at Harvest Automation building greenhouse robots, his new team at Franklin Robotics has developed Tertill, an affordable, waterproof, solar-powered robot that continuously whacks weeds around your yard."
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