23 Apr '12, 1pm

Gardening Robots To Wander Maker Faire 2012, Will Seek You Out For Water

Gardening Robots To Wander Maker Faire 2012, Will Seek You Out For Water

Maker Faire 2012 is coming up next month in the Bay Area and we're excited to see one special set of robots, three TE+ND Rovers designed by Marnia Johnston and Corey McGuire. TE+ND stands for Terrestrial Exploration + Nurture Designed, and the rovers "explore migratory ecology in an era of climate change." Think of a tiny garden riding on the back of a walking robot, which seeks you as a "participant" out for help in finding light and water to care for the plants. The concept is intriguing. Johnston writes: The rovers are robotic fostering environments that care for their own garden of native plants by interacting with participants and actively seeking out light and water. Each rover is two feet wide by three feet tall and has a hydroponic growing station on top of a mechanically walking base. The hydroponic growing station is made of ceramic material and has been designed...

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