If you thought that the Roomba vacuum transformed your cleaning routine inside your home, just wait until you meet the Tertill, which is a solar-powered robot that will take care of those pesky weeds all by itself.
The device just launched on Kickstarter by Franklin Robotics and Joe Jones, the creator of the Roomba. It weighs just two and a half pounds. It’s no surprise that the project has already reached more than half of its $120,000 goal in just a few days since launching on June 12.
Here’s how it works: the Tertill is designed to patrol your garden by preventing weeds from growing. And there’s no need to worry about it mistakenly killing plants because it has height sensors to determine the difference. The weed cutter will only activate when it senses short plants (weeds).
While the Tertill is a genius, it won’t know where your garden starts and ends. Make sure that there’s a small fence surrounding the area so it doesn’t wander into unknown territory. It uses a similar bounce-back strategy when it hits walls or obstacles that many Roombas have, so if you’re familiar with the vacuum version, you’ll know what to expect.
As if there could be any more advantages to investing in this game-changing weed robot, there are a few other reasons you’ll want to get your hands on one. It’s herbicide-free, so there are no chemicals that will put you and your family in danger. Plus, it will never forget to kill a weed (unlike a human gardener), and gives people with physical limitations a way to keep gardening.
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Currently, there are a couple ways to purchase the Tertill through Kickstarter. If you pledge at least $225, you’ll get the Tertill and a package of plant collars. If you have a lot of land to tackle, you can buy up to 10 devices at the highest pledge option, which is $10,000. But here’s the catch: it’s not expected to ship until May 2018, but all good things come to those who wait. Once it’s in full production, it’s expected to retail for around $300.