You know what’s hard to find these days? Consistency and reliability — in anything, really. But we’ve learned that when MIT touches something, it not only gets done, but it gets done right. Thus, we’re absolutely elated to hear that a few of its students have dreamed up a fully autonomous greenhouse, utilizing real plants, sensors and gardening robots to ensure the greenest, most healthy crop possible. In fairness, we’ve already seen oodles of robotic plant tending apparatuses, but this is just something special. Thus far, gurus have used “re-imagined versions of iRobot‘s Roomba” in order to tell what a plant needs and then respond accordingly, and apparently, things have been going quite well early on. Check out a demonstration vid just past the break.
via Engadget by Darren Murph on 3/22/09