Massachusetts based companies are programming robots to assist in education and landscaping

Massachusetts-based companies program robots to aid education and landscaping

We all know iRobot’s Roomba, but in addition to trying to keep your house clean, the company teaches kids how to code using their latest robot.

Updated: 8:47 p.m. EDT May 20, 2021

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A LOCAL COMPANY SAYS YOU CAN. ♪ I ROBOTS ARE KNOWN FOR ITS WIRELESS, AUTOMATED VACUUME. RUMBA WORKS THE DIRTY FLOATING FLOORS SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO. WHAT IT DOESN’T ONLY PROMOTE A CLEAN HOUSE. Headquartered in Bedford, the company is also expanding the curriculum for the citing robot, the root of its children. >> ROUTE STARTS WITH A GRAPHIC PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE. EVEN THE SMALLEST CHILDREN CAN SEE THE PICTURES, MOVE THEM ON THE SCREEN AND MOVE THE PROGRAM. ANTHONY: THE PROGRAM HAS THREE LEARNING LEVELS THAT EXPAND THE SKILL LEVEL AS LEARNING GROWS. >> SO IS THAT THE ONE THAT REALLY PULLS THE MARKER DOWN? >> YES. ANTHON SAM IS SIX YEARS OLD AND ALREADY CODES ON HIS OWN. Through the route’s coding program, children learn lessons in the tribe. LISA IS ROBOT’S STEM PROGRAM MANAGER. THE CHILDREN IN SCHOOL HAVE TO LEARN THAT THIS TEAMWORK, COLLABORATION, AND COMMUNICATION IS A BIG PART OF THE SOLUTION TO TRUNK PROBLEMS. ANTHON THE ROOT LEARNING LIBRARY WAS LAST EXPANDED TO INCLUDE SOCIOEMOTIONAL LEARNING IN ITS LESSONS. WE HAVE DEVELOPED ACTIVITIES BASED ON DECISIONS, INVALIDITY, COMMUNICATION AND HEARING, AND THAT’S THE ABILITY WE CAN GIVE YOU A GAME IF I PLAY IT by having the robot to study. ANTHON SOCIOEMOTIONAL LEARNING IS A KEY PART OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT THAT GIVES CHILDREN THE ABILITIES TO MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND ACHIEVE GOALS. >> CAN ALSO CHANGE HOW FAR YOU WANT TO MOVE OR HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO TURN. ANTHON SEL MAY BE A CHALLENGE IN A DISTANCE CLASS ENVIRONMENT, BUT I-ROBOT IS WORKING TO MAKE IT EASIER. >> YOU HAVE THE PRODUCT THAT ALLOWS OWNER TO EXPAND A PRODUCT, SEND IT TO YOUR STUDENTS AND SAY, CAN YOU BUILD ON THIS PROGRAM? And they’ll send it to another student, and I had them build on that too. ANTHON AND IN EXERCISE OF CODING WITH A LARGE LESSON PLAN THAT IS BUILT-IN. THERE IS A HUG WORK WHERE STUDENTS ON THE SAME PROJECT CAN WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD SOMETHING BIGGER. ANTHONY: JOE JONES LOVES GARDEN BUT LIKE MOST HATE US IF HE WANT TO GROW AND GARDEN ORGANIC, HE AVOID HERBICIDES. >> I would like to get herbicides out of agriculture. If you build a robot properly so that it isn’t expensive enough, I think we can do that. ANTHON JOE, A FORMER ENGINEER AT I-ROBOT, DECIDES TO USE HIS SKILLS TO CREATE TERTILL, A ROBOT THAT WORKS IN THE GARDEN AND RUNS IN SUNSHINE. TERTILL IS LIKE A WEED WACKER THAT cuts off small weeds before they can grow. AS IT TRAVELS NEAR A PLANT, IT MEASURES MY NEW CHANGES IN ELECTRIC FIELDS AND MOVES IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION – MINUTES CHANGES IN ELECTRIC FIELDS AND MOVES IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. >> IT MEASURES THE CHANGE IN THE FIELD THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT A SMALL BIT IS DONE. ANTHONY: WHEN IT FINDES AN INTRUDER IT ACTIVATES TO CUT IT OUT QUICKLY. To keep your tertil from chopping prematurely, there are grids in place to protect your vegetables until they grow sufficiently. >> One man said it was the first time in 32 years that he came back from a vacation and didn’t find out that his garden had turned into a jungle. ANTHONY: TERTILL IS WEATHERPROOF, SOLAR POWERED AND SELF CHARGES. >> IT SIT IN THE SUN UNTIL THE BATTERY CHARGES ENOUGH. ANTHONY: IT ALSO KEEP GARDEN PESTS AWAY. >> I saw that a RODENT was moving in my garden with a robot, and it quickly went in a different direction. Anthony Joe planted a garden two weeks ago. He added 20,000 seeds read. ONE SIDE HAS WEEDS AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE TERTILL HAS DONE ON THE OTHER SIDE. TERTILL STARTED SIX YEARS AGO AS AN IDEA AND STARTED SHIPPING IN THE LAST YEAR. >> IT HAS GOT MORE POPULAR AS COVID IS CREATED AND PEOPLE ARE SPENDING MORE TIME IN THEIR BACKYARD. ANTHONY: WHEN YOU REMOVE THE YOUTH TOUR, FAMILIES CAN SPEND MORE TIME TOGETHER IN THE GARDEN. >> BECAUSE THEN YOU CAN BECOME EXCITING ABOUT THE GROWING PLANTS OR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FRUITS OR WHATEVER. You don’t think I have to go and weed. ANTHONY: NOW SOLD BASE TERTILL FOR $ 349. JONES AND HIS TEAM WORK ON A VERSION THAT WORKS WITH FLOWER BEDS AND LANDSCAPE AREAS. AND BACK TO I-ROBOT: For children who may not have access to the ROOT device, they can only access some of their programs with a spreadsheet, laptop or computer. MUCH OF THIS PROGRAMMING IS AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES. Next can steel production

Massachusetts-based companies program robots to aid education and landscaping

We all know iRobot’s Roomba, but in addition to trying to keep your house clean, the company teaches kids how to code using their latest robot.

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Updated: 8:47 p.m. EDT May 20, 2021

iRobot is known for its Roomba wireless automated vacuum cleaner, but its engineers aren’t just focused on cleaning homes. Headquartered in Bedford, the company is also expanding the curriculum for its children’s coding robot Root.Tertill is a robot that weeds your garden so you don’t have to. It works like a small weed killer that runs on solar energy. It uses capacitive sensing and measures tiny changes in electrical fields near a facility to change direction.

iRobot is known for its Roomba wireless automated vacuum cleaner, but its engineers aren’t just focused on cleaning homes. Headquartered in Bedford, the company is also expanding the curriculum for its children’s coding robot called Root.

Tertill is a robot that will weed your garden so you don’t have to. It works like a small weed killer that runs on solar energy. It uses capacitive sensing and measures tiny changes in electrical fields near a facility to change direction.

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