Weeds, meet Tertill

Weeds, meet Tertill

‘Gardeners often forget to weed but weeds never forget to grow,’ says Tertill’s crowdfunding page.

Weeds getting on top of you? What you need is Tertill, a solar-powered robot which lives in your garden and does all your weeding for you.

‘Gardeners often forget to weed but weeds never forget to grow,’ says Tertill’s crowdfunding page. ‘We all intend to give our gardens regular attention but sometimes life gets in the way. Not so for Tertill. Tertill’s only purpose is weeding, so it never forgets, never gets distracted, and never goes on vacation.’

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Extending the technology behind robotic vacuums and lawnmowers, Tertill patrols the garden, avoiding plants and obstacles while looking for weeds to eliminate. It distinguishes between weeds and plants on the basis of height; only plants short enough to pass under its shell activate the weed cutter. Special collars can be used to protect wanted plants until they are tall enough for Tertill to recognise.

Tertill charges itself, storing energy in a battery, and apparently needs no supervision. Four-wheel drive helps it move through soft soil, sand and mulch, and lets it climb slopes. The garden does need to be completely enclosed, however, to stop Tertill wandering off.

Find out more and see Tertill in action at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rorymackean/tertill-the-solar-powered-weeding-robot-for-home-g

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