Franklin Robotics is a Lowell, MA-based startup building the Tertill weeding robot, a solar-powered, autonomous robot that uses a small weed whacker to kill weeds in gardens.
The Tertill weeding robot from Franklin Robotics helps you maintain a healthy, weed-free garden. The solar powered, autonomous robot uses a small weed whacker to kill weeds and avoids obstacles and plants along the way. Tertill is still a prototype, but ideally it 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.
Franklin Robotics has an experienced team of roboticists, including Joe Jones, who was iRobot’s first employee and inventor of the Roomba.