Robot gardeners


33 Responses to “Robot gardeners”

  1. jdf says:

    This is what I love about this site! Most of us thought of “Silent Running” right away!

  2. ill lich says:

    Yeah. . . but the plants will still know it’s not real humans.

  3. Sorcerer Mickey says:

    “Rejoice in the sun!”

  4. Senna1 says:

    look folks… it’s Huey, Dewey, and Louie

  5. JArmstrong says:

    Um, do these remind anyone of the caterpillar-hating gardening robots in “Runaway”?

    I don’t think they make an appearance in the trailer, but you can imagine:

  6. Fred H says:

    “Take care of the trees, Huey.”

  7. Fred H says:

    Argghhh!You beat me to it Senna1.

  8. Falcon_Seven says:

    I want one of these. I could have it pick my tomatoes and deliver them right to my kitchen. Now if it could weed and water and replant and compost and pick off the horn worms…

  9. Cicada says:

    And the day moves closer when people no longer need people to provide for their wants and needs. Probably either paradise or genocide after that.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The arms are from CrustCrawler Robotics. The Create robot has an Atmega processor and does not run Linux, but the plants do (OpenWRT).


  11. muteboy says:

    … or Bruce Dern will take a spade to you.

  12. cinemajay says:

    Hacked is right! The roobmas look like they’re little more than skateboards with T-600 terminators atop them.

    /not a robotics expert

  13. crashsystems says:

    “Roomba tomato garden, powered by Ubuntu Linux”

    Perhaps a bit misleading, but certainly programmed with Ubuntu (and I think Roomba’s already use Linux).

  14. Anonymous says:

    Now we just need to hook up the robots to my g/f’s copy of Harvest Moon and we’re good to go!

  15. Takuan says:

    swarm robotics, brilliant. How about gardener/bug picker bots that also do land mines?

  16. eustace says:

    Some day soon robots will be pollinating more than just plants. Think of the gardens they can tend…

  17. Takuan says:

    bedroom herds of lascivious little sexbots that will NOT leave you alone?

  18. dculberson says:

    It looks like they’re the Create platform which is the same base as a Roomba but without the cleaning stuff or “brain” and plus some dev tools:

    Reasonably priced for a research tool, too; $130 for the basic robot up to $300 for the deluxe kit.

  19. TheyAreComing says:

    Isn’t gardening meant to be an enjoyable leisure time activity for humans? Is nothing sacred?

  20. Jack says:

    So when will these be mass produced in China so American farmers can replace migrant workers?


    Some day soon robots will be pollinating more than just plants. Think of the gardens they can tend…

    Demon Seed anyone?

  21. iEmilie says:

    Does anyone know whether the manipulator was a commerical off-the-shelf technology as well? I know you can purchase an iCreate, but could someone purchase the manipulator arm somewhere? Or did MIT guys make that themselves?

  22. Dedalus says:

    machines of loving grace – machines of loving grace – machines of loving grace —- oh please – let it be – let it be NOW – woo hoo!!!!!!! (and silent running rocked)

  23. Sceadugenga says:

    I would like to signal my co-membership in your subculture by dropping a reference to a movie that this reminded me of.

  24. Ernunnos says:

    Jobs Americans won’t do!

  25. yokolocococoriko says:

    About a year ago, I saw a robot that picks tomatoes from their trees (bush? plant?) using a combination of a claw and suction on the japanese tv program Pythagora switch

  26. batu b says:

    @JACK: thank you for the Demon Seed reference. Awesome movie.
    I thought part of the fun of having a garden was…working in it? Anyway, I still do love the idea, though. Maybe send these into the vacant lands of detroit and cleveland and let the robots tend the earth :)

  27. Anonymous says:

    I just don’t see the point. Tomato plants will grow all by themselves, without any robots or humans tending them. You don’t even need to water them if you use a natural irrigation system.

  28. Cupcake Faerie says:

    Oh I loved “Silent Running” when I was a wee lad – my introduction to the melodious voice of Joan Baez. Really great special effects for the 1970s pre-Star Wars. Now I gotta rush and add ‘Silent Running’ to the latest Living Social Facebook- Movies-I-grew-up-with App, see ya!

  29. Godot says:

    @TAKUAN: Great clip of remote-controlled fruit picking, they even mention outsourcing the operation to India…

    Could be the inspiration for this upcoming film, Sleep Dealer:

  30. Anonymous says:

    Not a little bit influenced by scutters, are they…

  31. Takuan says:

    scutters? why,I may burst into song

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