29 thoughts on “Introducing FarmBot Genesis

    Gian Robberts

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Cool guys, I am in the process of doing a Patreon campaign called Earth Haven, the first goal with collecting funds is to get my farm self-sustainable, I have been looking at combining technology with nature, and this is exactly what I have been looking for. of course, only once I have funds to do something like this here in South Africa, then I will, the idea with Earth Haven is to create self-sustainable communities all over the world. If I find this works, then I will be doing this for all Earth Havens in the future.

    GeorgeGraves

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Hipsters ruin everything.

    Anarko Aardvark

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Ignore the haters and the baters. Its a big internet and as batmans butler says in The Dark Night "Some people just want to see world burn" well you lot want to see it thrive. That is blatently obvious from your enthusiam. The fact its open source and not aimed specifically at making you guys rich will just frighten some people. Fact.

    Anarko Aardvark

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    This is just revolutionary and fantastic. DO NOT let this vanish into a multinational safe un used… Build Build Build. Crowdfund…. I dont want to be sobbing in 20 years about the machine I saw that could save a planet and only 3 k of us saw the thing on youtube…… EDIT I forgot to say You folks are truly inspirational. Along with the news I just read that the Oil Pipeline will NOT Be going through the Dakota Sioux sacred grounds you have made a sick person feel much healthier. Thank You.

    Daddy In Cash

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    do I need Sunlight for it? or I can grow veggies in the basement somehow?

    David Davidson (MEATMONSTER)

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    im confused… so you build a robot to get your own food, but you pay as much for building it, as you would pay for food for several years… doesnt sound very reasonable to me

    TheYacu

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Salad plant dying at 1:38. Great job, farmbot!  LOL

    Actually I think this is awesome technology, and I agree growing one's own stuff is way better than depending on the industrial agriculture, but I guess small scale backyard farmers enjoy doing their own farming work with their own hands.

    La Rete delle Reti

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    thank you so much. This is brilliant and generous

    KinDzaDza123123

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Did you think about costs for those crops using robot? Ha ha.
    But I like the idea.

    Robert Jensen

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    When you add the "Kill the Fucking Squirrel Who Keeps Eating My Tomatoes Pellet Gun Robot" plugin to this device, I'll order.

    Ralph Webster

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    This is just awesome and perfect for Africa.

    Hans Kraut

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    LOVE IT WILL PROBABLY BUY ONE! KEEPTHE INOVATIONS COMING

    Edaptev

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    not all plants like getting water poured on top of them….

    Kevin kale playz

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Why can't you make a huge place and use farm bots there to make food there

    Rainshadow girl

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    m8 look at how scrap mechanic farmbot went goodbyw m8

    Phantim3dx

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Can it grow different strains of marijuana though?

    AlexeyRJ

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    насадка вакуумом (?) захватывает разного размера семена, не по одному, а "щепоткой". некоторые растения не благоприятно совместимы друг с другом. полив может проще, дешевле итд. лиха беда начала..""

    Justus Walker

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    This is an incredible idea that is very very raw. One of the most labor intensive areas of gardening is soil prep. This bought does nothing for that. Another thing, is scale. For this not to be remotely useful it needs to be able to handle between 1/4 and 1 acre. This isn't even close to that. But I'll give you this much, it's a pretty fun start. Might give birth to something interesting!

    Steven Gockij

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Cool concept but…I think you totally missed the point. The first thing you do is lament how we have surrendered the way our food is being produced. So instead of taking that back, you just build a robot and surrender food production to it. That irony is reason enough for me to avoid this product.
    Also, there are too many moving parts. Sure, everything is state-of-the-art precision built with weather-proof components but I still don't think that's enough. Wind could blow soil or debris into those belts or tracks and cause them to seize. I feel I would end up maintaining both the garden and the FarmBot when I could just be maintaining the garden. (Gardening is not hard work, maintaining complicated machinery is).
    I would never implement this at my place. At the same time I'd still be interested in seeing future developments of the machine.

    I just thought of another thing; the watering function. It looks just perfect in the video when it is watering freshly planted seeds. But what happens in 4 weeks when those plants are big and bushy? That nozzle will spray directly onto leaves instead of the ground (where it's needed).

    Spoder Man

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    pushing the weeds underground won't kill them

    Martin Couture

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Hopefully you registered your trademark internationally (including one extra trademark application for Mainland China) and have patents… Great project !

    Qvapil

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Great idea and great video !

    Dante Cavallin

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Its a nice idea but lets be realistic.
    If you can afford to feed yourself with farmbot, then you probably have enough money to never have to grow anything anyways.
    One farmbot is 3450 usd inc. taxes.
    The crop average is 44 calories per day with the farm bot genesis.
    To get to a 2000 calorie diet per day. You would need (2000 / 44) 45 farmbots.
    45 farmbots is (45 * 3450) 155 250 usd.
    The size of a 2000 calorie farmbot is 205 square meters. Which is huge. If you make a square it would be 14 * 14 meters.
    Then you have the cost of assembling all theese farmbots which is gonna take up a tremendous work effort. You also need to program them, you need to make sure they have their seeds, their water and electricity. Not to mention any wear and tear, replacement parts, work hours supervising and testing the machine.
    Sure you might have all this money and you decide that you want to start a project of eating a vegetable diet only because its organic and it saves the environment from pestecides. But if you had all this money you could have spent it on buying organic food in the stores which would benefit the farmers and motivate other farmers to start doing the same. Not to mention how bad it is for the environment to produce hardware.
    I don't think farmbot is such a good idea for any other reason than, you want a hobby that looks cool.

    Sateco Plus

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    This is great !

    ryan cliff

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    weed much?

    Shrinidhi Ghatpande

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Could you add a pesticide nozzle?

    Rohit Sharma

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    any feasibility report on farmbot, i.e cost and benefit analysis

    Jet T

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    Will it kill my cabbage worms? ;)

    Stoned Yoda

    (December 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm)

    The wood used to build the boxes for the plantation will rot.

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