by Brian Merchant
Brooklyn, New York
August 27, 2009
Robot Will Help Colonize Mars After We've Ruined Earth
Well, it's good to know that in the event that our planet collapses
under the weight of climate change, overpopulation, a water crisis,
nuclear holocaust or whatever, there are designers out there already
preparing for life on Mars.
If we do indeed set out to colonize
Mars, the first thing we're going to need is ample breathable
oxygen. Enter Le Petit Prince, a greenhouse robot designed to keep
plants safe while scavenging for more nutrients.
Le Petit Prince or Little Prince is a robotic greenhouse concept
that is specially designed to help the future exploration and
expanding population in the Mars.
This intelligent robot can carry
and take well care of a plant inside its glass container, which is
functionally mounted on its four-legged pod.
The robot is designed to learn the optimal process of searching for
nutrients in order to keep the plant in a good condition.
it can send reports of its movements and developments to its fellow
greenhouse robots through wireless communication, making it possible
to learn from each other.
And here's the drone in (simulated) action:
Le Petit Prince was designed by Martin Miklica, and is a finalist in
Electrolux Design Lab 2009.