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Joe Jones is cofounder and CTO of Franklin Robotic, Inc. His primary interest is the practical application of robotic technology to real-world problems. Before Franklin, Joe cofounded Harvest Automation, a company that builds autonomous robots for the nursery and greenhouse industry. Prior to that Joe was a senior roboticist with iRobot Corporation. There he proposed and helped develop Roomba, the first widely adopted floor cleaning robot. Earlier, Joe served on the research staff at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (now CSAIL). A graduate of MIT he is an author of three books on robotics and holds over 60 US and several international patents.



Update: The response to Tertill’s crowdfunding campaign has amazed and delighted us! Pledges totalling over $250,000 have come from 1000+ backers. We’re shipping to all countries, with over a fifth of Tertill’s supporters coming from outside the United States. But the end is near; Tuesday (11 July) is the last full day of the campaign. After that Tertill’s discounted campaign price will no longer be available and delivery in time for next year’s (northern hemisphere) growing season cannot be assured.

Franklin Robotics has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Tertill, their solar-powered, garden-weeding robot.