Ultrasonic distance sensor?

Is that an ultrasonic distance sensor in the video on Farmbot’s homepage?


If so, that would be really useful. How far are we from commercialisation?

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Sure looks like it !
Can’t speak for FarmBot Inc. but the video says ( around 2:21 ) “and New additions are in Development” :wink:

What major benefit would a ( vertical ) UTM-mounted distance sensor serve in your case ?


I think that we all agree that it’s really hard to maintain a perfectly flat soil surface. My experience is that an uneven surface impacts seeding and weeding quite significantly.

It would make a lot of sense to have a sensor to analyse the shape of the soil surface and vary Z travels accordingly.

We agree. A simple first step to this will be to add a “soil height” feature to the app and integrate with the current MOVE block. After that, we would like to add some sort of soil mapping feature that does a higher resolution scan of soil height using multiple points (similar to the way a surveyor might map the soil of a construction site).

As you can see in the video, we are actively prototyping these solutions. I can’t say too much about timelines at this point unfortunately.


Thanks Rick @RickCarlino,

This is great news and I look forward to testing this new tool when it comes out.

The other development which I can’t wait for is a quieter Farmbot :wink:


This is awesome! Can’t wait for this tool.


hmmn i can understand the fascination of distancing and 3d-models of your own garden but I think the farmbot team should contact these guys and release the complete robot arm :slight_smile:

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That’s a great idea. I spend a lot of time levelling the soil prior to seeding and once this system is fully developed it should fully automate planting with no need to level at all!

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