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Shiny gadget of the month: Tertill: The solar powered weeding robot

By August 15, 2017July 9th, 2019News

Now that it is August and we have gotten to experience the heat of the summer. You are probably also sick of doing yard work and most of all…weeding. I’m pretty sure everyone hates weeding, you have to get dirty and kneel or bend over in the sun pulling out weeds from your garden or flower bed. Joe Jones, the inventor of the Roomba hates weeding too, so he came up with Tertill, a solar powered weeding robot. The idea might sound a little crazy, but it really does seem like it could work. In fact it has more than doubled its fundraising goal and has been featured all across news sites and publications.

Tertill is solar-powered and weatherproof so you never need to bring it in and it will continue to weed your garden every day. Using a variety of sensors, it patrols your garden each day, avoiding plants (based on height) and uses a little weed whacker to take out the weeds. If you have a plant that is still small they provide you with plant collars that you can use to protect them until they are big enough. If Tetrill touches a plant the sensitive sensors on its shell have it turn away, like a Roomba.

Since it uses a battery Tertill can store up energy for cloudy days and patrol less frequently than on sunny days. It even has sensors to protect itself should a wheel get jammed. The only thing that you really need to do is establish a barrier for the garden, such as a small fence or edging that is more than a couple inches high.

The idea of never having to weed a garden seems pretty awesome. I know I could certainly appreciate not having to spend time each weekend dealing with weeding. Right now the early bird offers have sold out, but there are still pre-orders available. Tertill is estimated to launch in May 2018 for $249. It will be interesting to see how it works out. Check it out here