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Robotic Garden Wildlife

Who needs real animals when you have these?
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I can't be bothered to look after all my plants and other weird biology experiments all the time. Why not somebody create Robotic Garden Wildlife (tm), to do work for me.

Robotic bees can plant seeds. Robotic helicopter birds can do watering. Robotic garden gnomes can do the raking, and Robotic goldfish can clean/airate the pond.

These will be powered by solar cells, plain batteries, mains power, or water power in the case of the robo-fish.

Additions could include:

Robotic hedgehogs, badgers, wombats etc, to take care of pesky flies and snails, robotic sheep to cut lawns, or robotic rabbits to cut smalled lawns, and robotic pigs to take stuff from your kitchen to your compost heap.

And before anyone asks what happens to the grass cuttings once the rabbit/sheep is full, the rabbit goes to the compost bin and gets rid of it, or it will put it in a corner of the garden, or something like that.

froglet, Apr 02 2005

Robotic garden. (Quicktime video) http://www.1st-ave-...deo/smallreel_2.mov
If plants built robots, this is what I think they'd look like. [jutta, Apr 10 2006]


       [+] Old McRobot had a farm, 01010.
jaksplat, Apr 02 2005

       ... And on that farm he had a roboduck, 01010!   

       With a 'blip blip' here, and a 'whirr whirr' there, here a 'blip', there a 'whirr', everywhere a 'blip whirr'   

       Old McRobot had a farm 01010!
froglet, Apr 02 2005

       I just got over my fear of clowns, and then you come along with your robotic garden gnomes, with their sharp hats and beards, vicious little hands...glassy wee eyes..AAAAHHH!!!
moPuddin, Apr 02 2005

       Cute. Ever read Philip K dick's "Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep"?
moomintroll, Apr 02 2005

       [moomintroll]Nope, but it sounds interesting.
froglet, Apr 02 2005

       You would like it. Find a copy and read it. And after that, watch "Blade Runner", you won't regret that either.
wagster, Apr 02 2005

       [wagster] Hmmm. Sounds interesting...   

       [moPuddin] Sorry for scaring you. Is there a word for 'fear of garden gnomes'? If there isn't, there should.
froglet, Apr 02 2005

       [moomintroll] Can you tell what generation of robot trolls they are by their glassy eyes? (Bladerunner reference)
moPuddin, Apr 02 2005

       who needs robot animals, when you can use real ones?   

       I suppose they might not be quite so well behaved, but I wouldn't be surprised if after a nasty shower, some of your robot bees start trying to pollenate the neighbours dog.   

       Maybe a big robot arm could be employed to automatically do the weeding, or at least controlled from your back room with one hand whilst lazily supping a cup of hot tea and doing the crossword.
zen_tom, Apr 05 2005

       //Robotic hedgehogs, badgers, wombats etc.//   

       Ahh, that annoying abbreviation that is etc...   

       Anyhow, interesting idea. I can’t help feeling that all the metal contraptions buzzing around my garden would destroy the peace, though.
Meowmies, Sep 03 2006


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