FarmBot for Research
Pioneering the future of agriculture
Adopted by leading universities and institutions
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
In July of 2017, the FarmBot core team and other open-source food groups were invited to the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida to participate in a 2-day event to brainstorm innovative open-source approaches to food production.
To date, NASA scientists and engineers draw inspiration from their FarmBot Genesis v1.2 device when designing the systems that will ultimately grow food off-world.
FarmBot Digital Twin
A photogrammetry art project
In this collaboration between Maxiem and Western Sydney University, a student team produced a 3D simulation of a real FarmBot garden using photogrammetry techniques.
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All FarmBot kits include a built-in waterproof camera that can be positioned anywhere in the XYZ space to take downward facing photos of your plants, soil, weeds, or anything else.
By scheduling FarmBot to take photos on a consistent schedule (and with some custom code) you can create time lapse videos of the garden growing, use the photos for phenotyping research, create 3D models with photogrammetry, and more.
UC Berkeley, California
AlphaGarden is a robotic artwork that juxtaposes natural and artificial intelligence. It invites viewers to reflect on the natural world and our role and place within it.
The project in progress consists of an automated robot [FarmBot Genesis] that has been installed over a 3 meters long by 1.5 meters wide garden at the University of California at Berkeley.
Deep Learning AI policies attempt to control the three-axis robot that tends the garden, which includes edible plants and invasive species in a biodiverse polyculture environment.
From theory to reality
"AlphaGarden places a robot into a living polyculture garden to study the nature of diversity and explore the limitations of artificial intelligence in the context of ecology and sustainability."
The Farmbot Genesis universal tool mounting system allows for new capabilities to be added to FarmBot.
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Students at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences developed a carrot harvesting tool for FarmBot Genesis as a bachelor thesis.
The harvesting process takes place in two steps: first, the harvester removes the soil around the carrot, then the gripper grabs the carrot with its adaptive fingers and pulls it out of the soil.
Beyond Coral Foundation
CHARM, the Coral Husbandry Automated Raceway Machine combines coral farming with computer automation to reduce costs and save time in the effort to restore coral reefs worldwide.
Built on top of the FarmBot Genesis platform, CHARM takes advantage of the universal tool mounting system with custom tooling such as a soft bristle brush for cleaning away algae. By using custom regimens, coral farmers can speed up the growth of coral up to 50x by performing operations automatically, day or night.
Use custom code and hardware to unlock FarmBot's full potential
FarmBot is not a standalone product – it is a general purpose agricultural platform that can be modified and extended to meet your unique needs.
With our extensive resources, you can learn to build custom tools for the Genesis UTM, add additional powered peripherals, get and process data from 3rd party APIs, and more.
Systematically control grow lights, heaters, and fans in your greenhouse. Or, develop a new tool to interface with the UTM. You can do all of that and more using our open-source CAD models and mod-friendly electronics.
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The LUA command allows you to insert custom code snippets directly into FarmBot sequences. Included are helpers for http requests, using persistent environment variables, encoding and decoding JSON, and controlling FarmBot's hardware.
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Testing made easy
FarmBot takes care of each plant individually, empowering you to quickly design and run experiments that test various growing methods, input quantities, timing, and more.
Conduct experiments of any complexity without human error, and then quickly and accurately repeat those experiments as many times as needed. Scheduling events is as easy as using a calendar app.
Scale to as many plants, crops, inputs, and operations as needed. Easily test unlimited groups simultaneously (not just A and B), and even run multiple experiments at once using the same FarmBot.
With FarmBot, you can set up experiments to run 24/7 and monitor the system remotely. Using the sequence builder, automatically collect data at any frequency, rather than using checklists or paper forms.
Run tedious experiments with many procedures without incurring higher labor costs or introducing human error. Compared to bespoke testing equipment, FarmBot can offer greater flexibility for a fraction of the cost.
Your operation is no longer limited to daytime or an 8-hour shift. With FarmBot, you can schedule operations to run at any time, non-stop, to ensure your plants are taken care of according to your desired regimen.
Unlike human labor, FarmBot never fatigues, requires breaks, and it doesn't even need sunlight to see what it is doing. Plus, training new FarmBots is as easy as copy and paste.
Scale to hundreds of plants
Our largest FarmBot - Genesis XL - covers an area 3m x 6m in size, allowing you to simultaneously take care of hundreds of plants at once.
By placing vining and indeterminant plants at the edges of the bed, you can double or triple the amount of area foliage can utilize.LEARN MORE ABOUT YIELD
Own the farm of tomorrow, today
The world population is rapidly increasing. Consumer preferences are shifting. Our impact on the environment necessitates immediate action.
Piloting and deploying FarmBot technology can help you unlock the new efficiencies and growing methods required to address the needs of 21st century food demand. You’ll also be joining a global community of other cutting-edge universities and research institutions who have placed robotics innovation at the forefront of their strategy.
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