Project Status Update

Tomas Ramanauskas
Oct 12, 2020 · 7 min read

There has been some progress since I published Growbotics AI Vision in February 2019, and I’d like to summarise this progress and share with more people.

In the Growbotics AI Vision, I mentioned seven principles that are important to this project; however, instead of reporting progress on each point separately, I’d like to use a slightly different format and group updates in a way that it would be easier to read. Also, instead of publishing one long post, I will release ten smaller updates and will summarise what I learned, what I worked on, what failed and what’s coming next.

So this blog post perhaps could be seen as a Table of contents with just a hint on the latest status, and I’ll update it with links in the specific sections once more content becomes available.

Cube

Despite the difficulties, the first version of the Cube is near the completion. I now crystalised a lot of thoughts on which materials to use in constructing the Cube, how to produce nutrients, etc. So if you’re interested to hear more, I’ll publish a more detailed update just on this section.

Machine Learning

A more detail post on this topic will be on sharing what helped to gain more knowledge. How the progress in Computer Vision, Deep Reinforcement Learning, etc. could be applied in practice working on the goals of this project.

Robotics

The goal is to build an electric gardening cart in as simple as possible way. Then control it programmatically and use it as a base for various activities that would require navigating outdoors. A basic version is already on its wheels, but some wiring still needs to happen. And more time will have to pass before it can navigate autonomously using just cameras. As it won’t have to navigate through the streets of London, this task seems rather doable.

I haven’t assembled the drone yet, but I do have most of the parts, and it’s just a matter of finding some time to complete it. I mainly intend to use it for the autonomous drone missions for mapping purposes. The heavy-lift drone is currently out of scope, but I do follow several people who are actively developing them.

The third component under this section is a robotic arm. I already purchased all the parts, and I have received them. The task of 3D printing other parts is also complete, so it’s again just the assembly that is waiting in the queue.

More on these three pieces in the detailed post a bit later.

Bees

Besides what I already mentioned, the feedback from some lucky friends who already tasted the honey was very pleasing too.

There are some exciting opportunities in applying Machine Learning in this section, so more details to follow.

Mushrooms

Talking about education, I did attend a dedicated workshop on growing mushrooms indoors, so I’ll share the experience (which was very positive) later in more detail.

Worms

I received the first mix of worms a couple of years ago, and by now, I acquired experience of collaborating with them to process food waste and produce nutrients for the Cube. The worms aren’t demanding creatures, temperature and humidity control is essential; certain food types such as meat, dairy or citric fruits are not good options. Besides that, it’s pretty much straight forward.

Digital Manufacturing

Another important aspect was to learn the required software that is at the core of Digital Manufacturing.

Solar, Wind & Batteries

Kilofactory

Business Model

Before the pandemic, I did regularly attend the Ethereum London meetups in Imperial College London for a couple of years. There’s still quite some inspiration from those times, so I do have some concrete ideas on how to fund this project in the future so it can be sustainable on its own.

Also, if you are interested and haven’t seen yet, please have a look at my previous posts related to this project:

Vertical gardening, aeroponics, artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain — all in one project

Growbotics AI Vision

With that, I’d like to thank you for your time, and if you’re interested in the details of one section more than the other, please consider leaving a comment below. Also, for more frequent short updates, I invite you to have a look at Instagram.

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Grow your own food! The purpose of this blog site is to share the Growbotics.ai project updates with a larger audience, hopefully, receive some feedback or even better find like-minded people who would like to combine the efforts and do something great together.

Tomas Ramanauskas

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Growbotics.ai blog

Grow your own food! The purpose of this blog site is to share the Growbotics.ai project updates with a larger audience, hopefully, receive some feedback or even better find like-minded people who would like to combine the efforts and do something great together.

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