Combine our forebears' agriculture with yields
Sustainable agriculture with yields
Stop compromising. We are developping a robot for you.
Stop compromising. We are developping a robot for you.

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Modular

Simple design

Robust and ambitious

Resistant to perturbations

That is a robot that covers a whole land-lot and does farming operations from the sky down. Yes, really. Provisionnal specifications
(No, it is not another autonomous robot, one that is more or less supposed to be able to handle itself and know somewhat where it is.)

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Simple design.

After the second world war, farmers used winches to pull tools across their fields.
We recycle that method, high tech style: by putting several of those winches on top of masts, we can not only pull tools across fields, but also move tools at any position of the field, just like a puppet, by synchronising the lengths of the cables.

Robust and ambitious.

Basic functions through winches on top of masts and cables, advanced ones through sensors on the tool holder flown over the field, at the center.

Modular.

Modules comprising mast and winch extend the operationnal capacities of the installation.

Semi-permanent.

Because we know you might not own the lands you are exploiting, you don't want the hassle of permanent installation permits, or you want to change the form and size of the field year after year, we designed a flexible solution that allows to be modified.

Resistant to perturbations.

And we mean it. Tensions in cables make the position of the tool very resistant to perturbation, short of a tempest - like high winds, birds on cables, or simply the reactions on the tools!

Schematic

ABOUT THE COMPANY

We make a robot for you - but as we're developping it, here are our values.

Agriculture-driven

We listened, and studied agriculture's history, to bring simple, reliable hardware to the farmers' service.

Our team is mission-driven - we have farmers' hardships at heart and we want to bring them the tools of the 21st century. We are not pushing some highly complex technology - for instance, wheeled robots that put Tesla cars to shame.

First-rate competencies

Because Europe's finest has nothing to envy to famous institutes world-wide, we work with the best institutes in software (Inria), and agriculture (INRAE), both based in France.

We enlisted the help of the best researchers in their domains, and we are setting up partnerships with research institutes all across Europe.

Support

We are dedicated to the project, and we will put all our efforts in bringing the best experience and service to our trusted forerunners - and our clients.

20+
Interested farmers
10+
Signed Letters of Intent
3
Months til field tests

Provisionnal specifications

Size adapted to your tasks.
In development - subject to (a lot of) modifications

Common to all

Key features of the solution

Type of robot Semi-permanent installation
Main differences of usage
No pedoclimate dependancy
Slopes from 0° to well above 20°
Automatic tasks, time- and weather-triggered
Virtually no limit on interrow
Electric & lower power than tractors
Future features Plant-wise care

XS-size

For development purposes mostly

Surface serviced 0.36 ha
Height of masts 5 m
Tooling mass 75 kg
Tension max in cables About 500 kg
Task speed Est. 5 cm/s

S-size

Adapted for viticulture

Surface serviced 2.5 ha
Height of masts 20 m
Tooling mass 500 kg
Tension max in cables About 1.5 tons
Task speed Est. 6 cm/s

M-size

For the average French vineyard

Surface serviced 25 ha
Height of masts 20 m
Tooling mass 500 kg
Tension max in cables About 5 tons
Task speed Est. 5 cm/s

THE TEAM

We're making it happen


Ben

Benedict O'Donnell

CEO & Founder

Benedict O’Donnell has a PhD in physics and experience in entrepreneurship, having founded and run an energy consultancy in 2013, a technical communications firm in 2015 and an international NGO in 2016. He has coordinated dozens of business and charity partners across Europe and the Middle East to sustainability and organic farming.

Laurent

Laurent Blanchet

CTO & Founder

Laurent Blanchet completed his PhD on Cable-Driven Parallel Robots and guaranteed computation with J-P Merlet at Inria. He has hands-on expertise in designing, industrialising, manufacturing and assembling robots, having worked at the Swiss Space Center on space robots for orbital debris removal, at XtreeE on 3D printing of concrete, and having headed robotic design and workshop of the startup Wandercraft, bringing the first dynamic self-stable lower limbs exoskeleton medical device to the market.


ADVISORS

JPM

Jean-Pierre Merlet

Directeur de Recherche Inria (eq. Full Professor)

Jean-Pierre is one of the worldwide authority figures on parallel robots in general, and cable-driven ones in particular. With research interests ranging from Mechanism theory, parallel manipulator and Cable-driven parallel robots, to assistance robotics, he has a lot of experience of bringing ideas to world.
Shortlist of distinctions: IEEE Fellowship, Executive Council of IFTOMM membership and Award of Merits, Artifical Intelligence chair at the Côte d'Azur Interdisciplinary Institutes of Artificial Intelligence and doctor honoris causae University Innsbruck

David

David Daney

Research team leader (eq. Professor)

As if a unique expertise on calibration of cable-driven parallel robots was not quite an accomplishment already, David now leads the Auctus (Augmented hUman by CoboT for a Use in Symbiosis) team - part of the design of collaborative robotics. The stakes of assisting the gesture of an industrial worker are important for our society because it leads to preserving the human and its expertise within a production unit, while improving its productivity. He's also the president of the region robotics advisoral committee.

Roland

Roland Lenain

Directeur de Recherche INRAE (eq. Full Professor)

Roland has dedicated his research in robotics to the agriculure sector. He develops autonomous or semi-autonomous robotic systems in order to offer new solutions for sustainability and agriculture. He received various prizes recognising the high value of his works to the Ag-sector, among which, the Francis Sevila Young Professional prize at EurAgEng 2018, and in 2019 he received the Sedimaster trophee - from industrials. He is also the president of the scientific board of the RobAgri association that federates the ressources for ag-robotics.

NEWS

webinar Inno'Vin

Cablebot webinar

April 22nd 2020

Our CTO shared his vision on cable-driven robots for agriculture in a webinar organised by INNO’VIN, a French innovation cluster dedicated to grape farming and the wine sector. “One advantage of cablebots is that farmers will no longer be dependent on the weather to work their fields”, explained Laurent Blanchet. His words were greeted with an article in Vitisphere magazine, a specialised magazine (in French).

Inria

Inria's support

March 6th 2020

We have been selected for the Inria Startup Studio after the jury reviewed our project and our pitch. They found the project ambitious and inline with both Inria's sustainability efforts and software excellence.
This 6 to 12 months support will give us the tools to develop the best version of our large-scale AgRobot.

CONTACT

Lets get in touch. Send us a message:

Paris, FR

Email: contact@farmboylabs.com