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Photos of an amazing project – We visited Peter Sand and his robotic garden + camera rig + plus a lot more at the W/——— project space in Chinatown, NYC. The giant robot creates a garden, plants seeds, waters them and lovingly tends to it – the operator can control the robotics with a game controller and for the Arduino fans, it has an Adafruit protoshield and Arduinos that help the gardening. To top it all off (literally) one the best camera rig set ups we’ve ever seen – Peter will be posting videos soon, but check out some of past projects to get an idea of what it can do. You can see some of Peter’s previous work here and here

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  1. Okay so moving away from the hackaday venue with this. Being an art display, how functional is it? I’m curious about the attachments that could be used on it and what they may be. Do they all attach in the same way as in the video when the robot was picking objects up or do they have to be attached by the operator. It’s really too bad I live so far north in NY I wish I could visit this project space and actually see it.

  2. the ‘head’ has leafspring contacts that pass power to the different attachments. the attachments ‘snap in place’, they’re cut to only fit one way. when the head goes underneath and lifts up one of the attachments the leaf contact provides power/control to whatevers in the attachment such as a water-relay, lights, planting servo, etc. theres no brains in the attachments, just motors.
    right now he has to position it by hand to change ‘tools’ but it could be easily automated with some sensors to find the ‘edges’ of the tool

  3. Now make it clip off the tips of the plants and digest them for power. 😉

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