GrowBot Documentation & Analysis

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  • series of public interactive workshops
  • throwing “technologists” and “growers” together to learn from each other and produce something
  • workshops introduce general function of robotic technology in sensors to public, then ask about problems in maintaining and managing local gardens and ideas on how to solve them with self-guiding robots
  • Basically, open, discussion-based forums are held to come up with ideas to integrate robotic solutions into small, local, organic agricultural practices. These ideas are documented and shared among more of the public to generate even more ideas that will eventually bring these solutions into practice.


  • farming
  • Critical Design
  • a series of public and participatory workshops that bring together diverse constituencies to critically think about, discuss and debate, and re-make the near-term future


  • Members of the Public Design Workshop
    • Carl DiSalvo – Digital Media Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech; the “head honcho”
    • Thomas Barnwell – Digital Media graduate from Georgia Tech
    • Laura Fries (“Lady Rogue”) – cook, organizer of events, underground “social butterfly,” blogger; Her background remains a mystery.
    • Thomas Lodato – PhD student in Digital Media at Georgia Tech
    • Beth Schechter – Masters student in Digital Media at Georgia Tech; supporter of “do-goodery”
  • farmers


  • farming
  • a farm
  • a robot factory
  • a man using a computer
  • a booth at a convention


GrowBot incorporates several negotiations which have recently begun to move towards the forefront of discussions of culture and design. The interaction between digital media and the physical world is emerging as an extremely popular subject for speculation; catastrophic intersections between virtual systems and everyday life are emerging as a common topic in popular culture. GrowBot also addresses interaction across human boundaries, with ‘technologists’ leaving the ivory tower for a rare exchange of ideas with agricultural workers.

7 تعليقات to GrowBot Documentation & Analysis


Blacki Li Rudi Migliozzi

ديسمبر 11th, 2010 at 9:39 م

Great Job!



ديسمبر 14th, 2010 at 10:15 م

This idea mixes common topics in today’s society that would not normally be addressed together. It is interesting to see them coming together in this project considering how robotics are becoming more advanced. I feel like this could possibly have a great outcome for people with disabilities. If this was worked out could it possibly have possibilities in larger scale agriculture?



ديسمبر 14th, 2010 at 10:18 م

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ديسمبر 16th, 2010 at 5:56 م

I find this idea thoroughly interesting due to the heightened attention to the food industry and the products we ingest, I find that the mixture of technology and farming associated with community gardening (a growing trend in Brooklyn and other city neighborhoods). I also find that it could be changed on multiple scales and ideas. I find that the end result for this will be a vessel of ideas and community meetings that will result in new technologies and farming practices throughout the nation. Perhaps one negotiation could be scale, how large are these meetings? How many locations? How will one bring all of these together? This is a very interesting topic mixing two rising industries in the United States.

-Blake Carson (fantasticfour)



ديسمبر 16th, 2010 at 6:04 م

I don’t think that this case only has to apply to people with disabilities, but across a larger scale. If things like irrigation systems and planting methods could be mechanized, it might make agriculture a more efficient space, although you would have to consider how it would be carried out effectively with, hopefully, a minimal amount of damage to the environment. But overall, it’s a great thing to consider combining such different issues within society. – Colleen from AMC


Vitamin See

ديسمبر 16th, 2010 at 9:24 م

This idea struck me because of the collaboration between seemingly unrelated fields: gardeners/”growers”/farmers and technologists. In fact, these two fields are quite opposite. Farmers are concerned with that which can grow naturally and requires human attention to be successful. Technology, particularly robots, are created completely by humans and once created, are mostly “self-sustaining.” The merging of these two concepts can produce powerful results and advances in both fields. For example, gardening/farming seems to incorporate a lot of hassle to me, but it is a necessity in order for our culture to survive. The development of a self-sustaining robot that could eliminate the hassle of farming while still providing the necessities it offers would be a great advancement in technology, in my opinion.
-Philip Richardson



ديسمبر 17th, 2010 at 1:17 ص

On a whole, developing robots that are able to grow and tend crops is a great idea. I used to volunteer in my hometown’s community garden, and even our small 50×50 patch of land required at least three or four people spending a number of hours every day tending the land. What really makes GrowBots stand out, however, is its focus on collaboration and interaction. Because both farmers and engineers are working together to create solutions, a new dynamic is formed that insures that the needs of the product developers, farmers, and plants themselves are met.

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