Robot Hydroponics

Start-up Iron Ox created a fully autonomous farm in San Carlos, California. The hydroponic, indoor farm relies on two robots to plant, care for and harvest all its produce.

The main idea behind the startup was to double the food production for the next thirty years to feed the growing population, we felt there needs to be a radical change,”
For Iron Ox, the radical change started with its two robots. This 1,000 pounds robot which is about the size of a car navigates autonomously. It moves trays of plants to the processing area then a robotic arm moves plants from one tray to another. It just not only picks up but also sorts the plants based on their life cycle to optimize space. Baby plants are grouped together; mature plants are planted farther apart.

The company is first focusing on salad greens, all grown in the warehouse under led lighting. Iron Ox is packaging the produce and testing it with local chefs.