The creator of the Roomba has invented a solar-powered, weatherproof robot gardener to help remove unwanted plants

Joe Jones, inventor of the Roomba, has created a new mechanical creature to make you life easier: the Tertill, a solar-powered robot that helps you weed your garden. The little robot removes weeds without using pesticides, charges via solar energy and is water-proof (so you can watch the little guy work outdoors while you stay dry inside). Tertill uses its own algorithms to navigate the garden, as long as it has enough space to roam. You can stick plant collars, included with Tertill, onto seedlings you want to protect.

The robot prototype uses four-wheel drive to navigate uneven terrain, and sensors to help avoid obstructions and figure out when it's time to whack the weeds. MIT Technology Review reports that, at launch, Tertill will also be able to send data about plant and soil health to smartphones, and will help scare off foraging animals by zooming about and making noise when animals are near. Tertill is scheduled to launch this summer and retail for $250.

Tertill

Joe Jones, inventor of the Roomba, has created a new mechanical creature to make you life easier: the Tertill, a solar-powered robot that helps you weed your garden. The little robot removes weeds without using pesticides, charges via solar energy and is water-proof (so you can watch the little guy work outdoors while you stay dry inside). Tertill uses its own algorithms to navigate the garden, as long as it has enough space to roam. You can stick plant collars, included with Tertill, onto seedlings you want to protect.