Gardening is helpful for many people, but there are some garden jobs that can cause problems. Yardroid robot is designed to handle those tasks on their own, using artificial intelligence.
Developed by the same people who previously gave us the Rammaxx reusable LED “fireworks”, the Yardroid is nothing more than a miniature tank. It rolls along the rails, with compartments for water, herbicides and pesticides on the back, lawn mowers on the underside, and a gimbal stabilizing turret on the front.
That turret in turn was equipped with a camcorder, LED spot lights, leaf blower, plus three separate nozzles that shot currents of water, herbicides or pesticides.
Using the onboard computer vision and artificial intelligence system, the Yardroid is said to have the ability to automatically mow lawns, according to the route it plans on. No wire perimeter (like Was case of some other lawn mower) and the height of the blades can be adjusted via an accompanying smartphone app.
The robot is also said to be capable of detecting plants that are on its watering schedule, thus firing streams of water at them. It is also said to identify weeds and pests on sight, responding by spraying herbicides or pesticides … if the user is interested in that kind of thing. It can even “discourage” larger undesirable travelers like pandas, with water jets.
And yes, it blew away the leaves on the sidewalk. It can also patrol property at night, send smartphone alerts and emit an audible alert if an intruder is detected. Yardroid also records video of the suspect, and will even spray water on him if they refuse to leave. If they responded by stealing the robot, the owner could track its location via the onboard GPS device.
When the Yardroid starts to run out of water, it will sit itself underneath the house’s existing hose hose, equipped with a special solar-powered valve. The valve automatically refills the robot’s 8 liter (2 US gal) water tank with water. User manually refills 1 liter (0.3 gal) of herbicide and pesticide container. If they want, they can also operate the bot manually using the app itself.
Yardroid CEO Dan Lubrich tells us that the product is already in a fully functional prototype and that the designers are currently in the process of gathering more data (such as photos of weeds and worms disease) to its AI training. He is planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign early next year, with a commercial launch taking place sometime in the middle of next year.
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You can see the prototype in action, in the following video. And if you like the idea of a garden care robot, you may also want to see the Tertill and GardenSpace units.
Yardroid – Intelligent landscape robot