FarmBot, Your Personal Robotic Farmer

FarmBot is a clever robot farmer for your personal use! Yes, it's priced for individual sale and installation in your own box garden.


(FarmBot video introduction)

These black anodized beams serve as both the primary structural element of FarmBot and its linear guide system, allowing precise movements in the X, Y, and Z directions.

An Arduino MEGA and four NEMA 17 stepper motors with rotary encoders power FarmBotís movements, while the Raspberry Pi 3 serves as the web-connected brain.

Featuring 12 electrical connections, three liquid/gas lines, and magnetic coupling, the universal tool mount can support any tool you can imagine.

FarmBotís camera takes photos of your plants and soil in order to detect weeds, track plant growth, and one day identify pests and disease.

Philip K. Dick foresaw the robot farmer in his 1954 short story The Turning Wheel:

An open field lay to his right; a robot farmer was plowing with a metal hook welded to its waist, a section torn off some discarded machine. It stopped dragging the hook and gazed up in amazement, as Sung-wu landed the ship awkwardly and bumped to a halt.

"Clearness be with you," the robot rasped obediently, as Sung-wu climbed out.

FarmBot starts around $2,500 - start achieving food independence, science fiction fans.

Update: Fans of Dune might be thinking of the servok mechanisms that tended plants automatically. End update.

Via FarmBot.

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