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This Six-Legged ROBOT Takes Care Of Your House Plant By Chasing Sunlight All On Its Own!

This Six-Legged ROBOT Takes Care Of Your House Plant By Chasing Sunlight All On Its Own!

When the robot is positioned in the sun, its head rotates a full 360 degrees to ensure every single leaf gets the light. And once it thinks the plant has had enough, it goes back to a shady area.

The technological rise in the modern era has surely changed the way things work around us. Be it your regular Uber app or even the AI robot named Sophia that is now a legit citizen of Saudi Arabia -- life has evolved, so has the technology!

While one section of the crowd claims that robots are the next big thing for mankind and life will become easier; another set believes that the creation of robots could spell doom for us as they seem a lot smarter than most humans we have around us -- ahem, ahem.  

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Now, in what can only be described as a major milestone in robotic technology, a six-legged agile, highly adaptable robot is here to make your life easier when it comes to gardening, reports The Verge.

Hexa provides you with the ideal hardware and software platform to learn and explore robotics and also, seeking out the sun for your plants when needed, turning back for shade when it has had enough. Impressive, right? Wait. It gets better. It even performs a little dance to let you know when it needs water.

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It all started in 2014 when Chinese roboticist and entrepreneur Sun Tianqi who witnessed a dead sunflower and wanted to save one with technology. “In 2014, I went to see a sunflower exhibition, and found myself focused on a dead sunflower near a ground of blooms,” Tianqi wrote in a blog post, as reported by The Outline.

“I thought if it could move a little bit, take a 30-feet walk out of the shadow to where the other sunflowers were, it would have lived healthily. But it didn’t."

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Following this experience at the exhibition, Tianqi went ahead with an installation project and eventually Beijing-based technology company Vincross became the first investor for Hexa. Tianqi used a standard Hexa but then replaced its shell with a dual-layer flowerpot to hold a small succulent. 

“With a robotic rover base, plants can experience mobility and interaction,” writes Tianqi. “I do hope that this project can bring some inspiration to the relationship between technology and natural default settings.”

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When the robot is positioned in the sun, its head rotates a full 360 degrees to ensure every single leaf gets the light. And once it thinks the plant has had enough, it goes back to a shady area. Mobile plants are indeed perfect for people with homes full of succulents and other plants, especially for those who are not at home more often than not.  



 

 

Tianqi had said that the project was a remake of an earlier installation he created in 2014 of a walking succulent (a “Hakuhou” echeveria). He termed the project “Sharing Human Technology with Plants.”

Tianqi had said that the project was a remake of an earlier installation he created in 2014 of a walking succulent (a “Hakuhou” echeveria). He termed the project “Sharing Human Technology with Plants.”



 

 

“Plants are passive. No matter if they are being cut, burned or pulled from the earth, they hold still and take whatever is happening to them. They have the fewest degrees of freedom among all the creatures in nature,” he added.

A standard Hexa robot costs around $949 and it is currently available for purchase at the official website. Hexa with wireless chargers costs about $999. It comes equipped with 19 servos, infrared, and 720p cameras. It also consists of a  Linux-based operating system which is customizable.



 

 

Now here is another interesting detail. The robot also playfully squats and swipes at people when they get too close to it. Although some may find this quite unsettling, especially since it is a crawling robot with six legs. But we have to say, it looks really adorable and there is no reason for you to be worried about this. 

So what are you waiting? Get hold of one of these because this is truly your Guardians Of The Garden! 

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