[L’industrie c’est fou] This autonomous robot plants seeds in the desert

If the two robots from the Pixar animated film WALL-E and EVE had a child, it would probably look like A’seedbot. Invented by Mazyar Etehadi for his graduation project at the Dubai institute of design and innovation, this machine is just as adorable, and even more useful. Abandoned in a vast desert, it stirs the sand relentlessly, until it finds a potentially fertile area. She then deposits a small seed there, with the hope of transforming an arid landscape into a lush oasis.

Although it is only about eight inches long, A’seedbot can work independently within a three-mile radius, thanks to solar panels that recharge its batteries during the day. Printed in 3D, its “legs” allow it to dig to the ideal depth, where humidity seems most conducive to the development of vegetation. In addition to its various sensors and its GPS, it is equipped with an anti-collision device and a data transmission system. What to support public authorities, farmers, or private individuals.

Fight against the advancing deserts

« Desertification is a major problem caused by intensive agricultural practices, mining, climate change and general overexploitation of land », Recalled Mazyar Etehadi on Instagram to explain why he designed this robot. According to UN figures, around two billion people around the world are directly affected by the devastating effects of this phenomenon.

Fortunately, A’seedbot will not be alone in this struggle. Governments are gradually becoming aware of the urgency of the situation, as evidenced by the commitments made during the fourth edition of the One Planet Summit. During this summit organized by France in January and dedicated to biodiversity, more than 14 billion dollars (approximately 12.5 billion euros) were collected to relaunch the Great Green Wall project. Planned to stop desertification beyond the Sahel and the Sahara, it must extend over 8,000 kilometers, from Senegal to Djibouti, and rehabilitate 100 million hectares.


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