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Farmbot, a farming robot constructed completely on open source, is being powered by Arduino, a global leader in open-source software and hardware ecosystem.
Farmbot, ideal for hyper local, small scale, DIY food production, is a computer numerical control (CNC) farming machine and software package. This farming robot is monitored by Arduino RAMPS stack and is linked to the Internet using Raspberry Pi 2. The platform is designed to be hackable, scalable and simple.
The applications that are fueling the IoT market are astonishing, and open source technology is playing a big role in it. Predicted to become a $6 trillion market by 2021, the IoT market is starting to take shape with advancements in wearables, healthcare, smart homes and cities, law enforcement, automotive, and, of course agriculture. We are proud to be a part of Farmbot, and look forward to continuing to fuel IoT deployments.
Federico Musto, CEO, Arduino S.r.L.
Dispensing the seeds and water in order to fortify the garden is carried out by the Arduino RAMPS stack that is constructed into the Farmbot. RAMPS interfaces to the sturdy Arduino Mega, operated by Arduino IDE software, and makes room for future expansion. It is also possible to add an increasing number of Arduino expansion boards as long as the core RAMPS board is placed at the top of the stack.
Arduino is a commonly used platform for the development of IoT product. On a global level, a huge number of makers, developers, students, engineers and designers are building with Arduino for autonomous vehicles, farming, smart homes, toys, games, music and many more. Applications that revolutionize the world can be developed with this new "connected" paradigm where digital meets physical.
As a result of Farmbot’s openness our customers are coming up with amazing ways to improve upon and add to the functionality. Of course, working with Arduino’s platform continues to be easy to use and deployable, and helps us meet the goals we have for our farming machine. We continue to look forward to making the platform simple, scalable, and useable by anyone wanting to improve the quality of the food they eat.
Rory Aronson, Founder, Farmbot