Why gribot ?
We very often read articles or hear people speaking about precision farming and agriculture automation. However, we do have the feeling that, most of the time, agriculture automation projects mainly consists in improving the traditional way of doing things. As an example, the majority of farmers continue to use chemicals to control pests and weeds, and many of them continue to work huge areas of crops. These chemicals are not only expensive, but also toxic to our environment and our health.
Large areas of monoculture favor the development of diseases and the proliferation of insect pests, while reducing their predators. This way of working seriously damages biodiversity, the environment and the climate.
If we want to continue to live on our planet, preserve our environment and our health, we must quickly change the way we do things. However, changing our habits does not necessarily mean returning to the Middle Ages. We can use technology intelligently to help us in our change and ease our life.
That’s why we decided to design an open source robotics platform, called gribot, that everyone should be able to build with a minimum of help. To this end, we publish all schema, models and software completely free of charge under GNU General Public License. We believe that the free publication of our work will accelerate the diffusion of the robotic gribot platform and thus reduce the impact on the environment.
We are firmly convinced that the future of agriculture depends on a reduction in the size of farms, cultivated plots, an increase in the diversity of cultivated plants, a decrease in the number of head of livestock, a serious reduction in the consumption of non-renewable energy, etc.
The objective of the gribot platform is to help the farmer, not to replace him, in his daily tasks, such as mowing grass in crops, weeding small cultivated areas, planting, harvesting, and many other tasks that we have not yet thought of.
This project is very ambitious in many ways. For example, some activities that we would like to automate are still in the research stage or not even studied yet. Agriculture may not always be a very sexy subject, but it feeds the world’s population and therefore deserves a project of this ambition.
Although our target is agriculture, the gribot platform is not exclusively limited to this market. Grass mowing, for example, involves many other activities such as roadside maintenance, grassy surfaces in industrial areas, etc. Any idea for using gribot is welcome.
The gribot project is managed with github tools. To access them, just click on the button below.
Member of the gribot community can also chat together via gitter.