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Tertill – The Weeding Robot

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Touch the Soil News #759 (feature photo courtesy of Franklin Robotics) The creators of the roving house vacuum cleaner are now bringing to the market the roving garden weeding robot. The machine (called the Tertill) is solar powered, operates chemical-free and is waterproof. The machine does not even need to be programmed. Just set it in our garden and let it go. Designed and manufactured by Franklin Robotics, the company is seeking small investors through the kickstarter platform. Franklin Robotics via INDIEGOGO reports that they have raised $334,975 – or 261% of their funding goal. You can buy a Tertill today for only $249, but it is not scheduled to…

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Robotics Entering the Food Chain

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Touch the Soil News #480 (feature photo Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias GNU Free License) The food chain is one of the backbones of the America economy, representing 20 million workers (almost 12 percent of the American workforce). The entrance of robotics in the food chain is as much driven by financial reasons as it is technology reasons. Why would the nation’s food chain employ you or your neighbor, if the corporations that dominate the food chain can lower labor costs through robotic deployment? The critical question here is economics and not technology. For example, if robotics can cut out 10 percent of the nation’s labor costs, the overall economy…

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