Company Spotlight

Franklin Robotics

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.


Franklin Robotics News, Products & Resources
Tertill Weeding Robot Wants to be the Roomba of Gardens
Franklin Robotics joins the Robotics Trends Show to discuss its Tertill weeding robot, a solar-powered, autonomous weed killer.


Editors’ Picks

Dancing Robot Teapot Brings Mrs. Potts to Life
This 3D-printed robot teapot includes four servos, two in its hips and...

Mini Robot Cheetah Could Give Legged Robots Smoother Gait
The University of Twente has built a mini robot cheetah in hope...

FAA Faces Second Drone Audit
The audit, which will begin in April 2017, will assess both the processes...

The Resurgence of Neural Networks
MIT explains neural networks and how deep learning has led to the...