The tertill is like a roomba for cleaning up gardens instead of carpets
Posted August 4
Weeds are an inevitable part of gardening. And while it might do you some good to spend time outdoors plucking them away, no one has endless hours to spend fending off all those pesky plants.
Thankfully, you no longer have to. Franklin Robotics, the creators of the Roomba, has created a solar-powered weeding robot called Tertill that can protect your plants for you.
The weatherproof robot (pronounced Turtle) lives in your garden and turns on automatically when fully charged. Which means you don’t have to worry about bringing it in and out of the house, nor do you have to keep track of whether or not you remembered to use it at all.
Also, you can leave it outside when it rains. So that’s yet another thing you no longer have to worry about. On top of all this, organic gardeners can also rest easy. Tertill doesn’t use any chemicals, so you can still have a pesticide-free garden.
How does it work? The Tertill is able to sense plants based on height. A plant tall enough to touch the front of Tertill’s shell activates a sensor that makes the robot turn away. If you have a small seedling, simply place a set of guards around the plant to keep the Tertill away until it grows a safe height to not be clipped by your Tertill.
On the flip side, a plant that’s short enough to pass under Tertill's shell activates a different sensor that tells the robot to cut the weed.
Since your Tertill lives in your garden, it attacks any new weeds that pop up at any time. Tertill also syncs to your smartphone using bluetooth, so you can keep up on the conditions of your garden and make sure your little robot is actually doing its job.
The Tertill is $249 but, sadly, it won’t be available until next spring. You can pre-order it now from IndieGogo, but until then, you’ll have to stick to tending to your garden by hand.