With its open source DIY method to small-scale food production, FarmBot deserves an appearance on our page.
The old-school gardener in me is fighting my modern early adopter side over whether or not this robotic farming gadget is an action toward higher food sovereignty or toward a dystopian future where robot overlords guideline yard farms. Sure, it's easy enough to discover how to garden the old fashioned way, on your hands and knees with your hands in the soil, but thinking about that one of the excuses for not growing some our own food is lack of time and absence of skills and understanding, maybe this automated and optimized small farming approach could be a practical solution for the techie foodies who would like homegrown food without needing to have a green thumb.
FarmBot presses all the best buzzword buttons - regional food production, 3D printing, open source, DIY, CNC innovation, drag-and-drop shows, smartphone app control, scalability - so it's likely that just as shipping container farms and rooftop farming are entering into their own, this item will probably discover its own group of robotic gardening boosters. Nevertheless, it likewise might be overkill, considering the quantity of embodied energy in an aluminum and plastic farming device like this, plus the energy required to keep track of and run it, it may exercise to less energy and a comparable quantity of money to hire an expert garden enthusiast to provide us with fresh veggies for quite some time.
Take a look at the intro video for the FarmBot Genesis, "mankind's first open-source CNC farming machine developed for at-home automated food production":
" Genesis is created to be a versatile FarmBot foundation for experimentation, prototyping, and hacking. The driving aspects behind the design are simplicity, manufacturability, scalability, and hackability."
Although I'm absolutely not the target market for such a gadget, I was however impressed with the system, and can see these FarmBots discussing like gangbusters with the exact same individuals who flock to automated countertop gardens and smart devices and everything IoT (Web of Things). After all, as soon as you've got your smart house connected to your self-governing automobile, possibly having an autonomous garden will be the new everything to have for staying up to date with the Joneses.
FarmBot is available for pre-order today, with the price for orders made during July sitting at $2900 (25% off the MSRP of $3900), with delivery anticipated sometime in February of 2017.
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