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The FarmBot is a Fully-Automated Open-Source Farming Machine

Posted By Morgana Matus On September 23, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In Botanical,Design,Environment,Green Technology,Innovation,Sustainable Food | No Comments

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Since time immemorial, farmers have benefited from sharing knowledge with one another, and The FarmBot [1] makes that easier than ever to do. Designed by California engineer Rory Landon Aronson, [2] this open-source farming machine [3] allows hackers and agriculturalists to brainstorm. Similar to CNC milling machines [4] and 3D printers [5], the FarmBot works on a scalable frame that employs X, Y and Z directions, and can be outfitted with anything from sensors and spray nozzles to plows and seed injectors.

farmbot, open source, farming machine, rory landon aronson, agriculture [6]

Since the Green Revolution [7], the world has relied heavily on farming practices that include massive machinery, fossil fuels, and chemical pesticides. Sensing that a paradigm shift was needed, Aronson created the FarmBot to harness economies of scale and modern technologies [8]. The machine comes equipped with a web-based software package that be easily modified. Users simply design their farm (graphically) and upload their numerical specifications to the hardware.

“Rather than making incremental changes to existing equipment, FarmBot takes a new approach at precision agriculture, tearing down everything from the past and starting from the ground up,” says Aronson. “By simply placing the tooling equipment on a a set of tracks, rather than a free-driving tractor,” he added, “the system has the ability to be extremely precise and reposition tooling in exact locations repeatedly over time.”

A proponent of the sharing economy, Aronson continues to work on projects that take advantage of the kindness inherent in the human spirit. He is the founder and webmaster of a local Wiki [9] for the town of San Luis Obispo, California, and has also been featured in Peers [10] and The Story of Stuff Project [11] for his effots with the Community Cabinet. The first FarmBot is currently in development, and is expected to be debuted for crowdfunding some time in 2014.

+ FarmBot [1]

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URLs in this post:

[1] The FarmBot: http://www.scribd.com/doc/169536137/FarmBot-Humanity-s-Open-Source-Automated-Precision-Farming-Machine

[2] Rory Landon Aronson,: http://www.roryaronson.com/

[3] farming machine: http://inhabitat.com/automate-your-garden-with-havestgeeks-plant-monitoring-technology/

[4] CNC milling machines: http://inhabitat.com/tag/cnc-machine/

[5] 3D printers: http://inhabitat.com/tag/3d-printer/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/the-farmbot-is-an-open-source-hackable-farming-machine-designed-to-bring-technology-to-agriculture/fbot4/

[7] Green Revolution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Revolution

[8] modern technologies: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/feedback-farms-is-a-high-tech-brooklyn-garden-that-tells-farmers-how-much-water-it-needs/

[9] local Wiki: http://wikislo.org/

[10] Peers: http://www.peers.org/

[11] The Story of Stuff Project: http://www.storyofstuff.org/

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