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Blubot Post 2: Concept development and planning

Updated: Dec 23, 2023

This is the second post in the series of posts about my project, Blubot, a robot that takes care of your raised bed for you. With Blubot, I'm on a mission to make gardening easy, space efficient, and low cost, so anyone, anywhere can start a garden. Check out the first post and table of contents here.

Before I can get started with the design of the robot, I needed a raised bed. With support of my mentor and a local community garden, I was able to rent a raised planter bed that would be the future site of Blubot. Here's a photo of what it looks like now - a basic cuboid filled with soil. Of course, all that's about to change :)

Measure twice, cut once. - Someone Wise

Next step for me was to take some measurements and start building a digital model of the blubot sitting on my raised bed.

I was able to build a scale model of the raised bed using in just a few hours. Although this was first draft and there was still a lot of refinement needed, I was very pleased with the results.

Raised Bed 3D Model

Next step was to decide what to grow. I used a Seeding Square, a color-coded spacer tool that helps you organize your plants at the seeding stage.

I decided what I'm going to grow and where each of the seeds will go, and added that to the scale model of my raised bed.

That's it for this week. Next, I need to develop a detailed schedule and project plan. See you next week

Keep Growing!

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