Tertill Weeding Robot Wants to be the Roomba of Gardens

Franklin Robotics joins the Robotics Trends Show to discuss its Tertill weeding robot, a solar-powered, autonomous weed killer.

Photo Caption: Franklin Robotics is developing the Tertill weeding robot that uses a small weed whacker to kill weeds in gardens. (Photo Credit: America's Greatest Makers/Screenshot from "The Constant Gardener Video")

There will soon be a solution to kill those pesky little weeds that, no matter how hard you try, continue to rear their ugly heads in your gardens.

Franklin Robotics, a Lowell, Mass.-based startup, is developing the Tertill weeding robot for home gardens. Tertill, which is a prototype at this point, will be a solar-powered, autonomous robot that uses a small weed whacker to rid your garden of weeds, avoiding plants and obstacles along the way.

Ideally, Tertill will be able to perform other tasks as well, including monitoring plant and soil health and keeping unwanted animals (squirrels, rabbits, etc.) that eat plants out of your garden.

Franklin Robotics is hoping to get some test models of Tertill into various gardens this spring to get feedback on how it performs in different environments. If all goes well, Franklin Robotics could launch a crowdfunding campaign this summer and ship Tertill in the spring of 2017.

Joe Jones, the first employee of iRobot and inventor of the Roomba, is part of the Franklin Robotics team, so the company has some tremendous experience when it comes to household robotics. Rory MacKean, CEO of Franklin Robotics, joined the Robotics Trends Show to discuss the Tertill weeding robot and how it can help maintain healthy gardens.

Listen to the podcast using the embedded player below and share your thoughts on the Tertill weeding robot.


Tertill prototype (Credit: America’s Greatest Makers)




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Podcast rundown

  • Hosts: Steve Crowe, Rory MacKean
  • Duration: 21:36
  • Background of Franklin Robotics: 0:51
  • Improving How we Look at Agriculture: 2:45
  • How the Tertill Robot Works: 5:20
  • Differentiating Plants vs. Weeds: 8:30
  • Tertill Uses Solar Power: 9:34
  • Biggest Challenges Building Tertill: 11:33
  • Will Tertill be a Multipurpose Robot : 12:47
  • Will About Avid Gardeners Trust Tertill?: 16:34
  • Tertill’s Development Timeline: 18:20



About the Author

Steve Crowe · Steve Crowe is managing editor of Robotics Trends. Steve has been writing about technology since 2008. He lives in Belchertown, MA with his wife and daughter.
Contact Steve Crowe: scrowe@ehpub.com  ·  View More by Steve Crowe.




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