The solar powered weeding robot for home gardens



About the Project

Tertill is a solar-powered and weatherproof robot that weeds your garden every day. With Tertill, gardeners can now enjoy weed-free vegetable and flower gardens, without the monotony and frustration of weeding. Organic gardeners can breathe easy and enjoy a weed-free, chemical-free garden all season long. Created by roboticist Joe Jones – inventor of the Roomba – Franklin Robotics’ Tertill is designed to live in your garden and take care of the weeding, come rain or shine.

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  • Founder: Rory MacKean
  • Company: Franklin Robotics
  • Goal: $120,000.00
  • Entry Level Price: $249.00
  • Campaign Ended On: July 15, 2017
  • Delivery Date: May 2018

"About the Project" and "Claims" content are taken from the campagin as is.

Reality Check

  • Claim:

    Tertill patrols the garden daily, avoiding plants and obstacles while looking for weeds to eliminate.

  • Reality:

    The technology for this to happen is proven in the roomba and other similar products. The variable is layout of garden, softness of terrain, and the preparation in setting everything properly.

Something To Think About

Long term cloudiness is definitely something to consider in regards to the solar powered element of the Tertill. Although most solar powered cells can gather power from light with cloudiness, the lack of direct light and inclement weather is worth thinking about.

  • Claim:

    Weeds are always small when the robot finds them.

  • Reality:

    The dependence on preparation for the Tertill to work in a garden is high when it comes to proper function. For the Tertill to work, the weeds have to be a certain size, in a perfect scenario this is theoretical. However, perfect scenarios are not the norm, and the variation on sizes of weeds could be an element of difficulty.

  • Claim:

    Tertill uses its stored power smartly

  • Reality:

    Proven history of the team from Franklin Robotics provides a solid foundation for power management for the Tertill.

  • Claim:

    To detect objects like the garden fence and big plants, Tertill uses sensors similar to those found in many smart phones—the lightest touch is all it takes.

  • Reality:

    The tech that makes this possible is existent and realistic. The uncertainty lies within the variables that can happen to the sensor while left outside to the elements. Imagine, mud splashing on the sensor or a storm causing condensation or water to affect the sensor.

Bottom Line

The Tertill is a creative idea backed by a creative and technical team with a great deal of experience in the robotics field. The areas to consider while you think about backing this project are the practical elements of the Tertill working in a garden and how much preparation that will be required to make sure it works properly. Another area to consider is that this is an opportunity to invest in the beginning of a "new market" of autonomous gardening. And with investment in new areas, there are stages of prototypes and working versions that a product must go through before it is finally ready to be the most complete version of itself. This is the very beginning of Tertill.

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