U Student Startup Sense Tech helps farmers water their crops remotely.

Eliminating the Dirty Work

Did you know that farmers hire people to monitor their crops to know when to water? For U mechanical engineering student Jacob Harris, he spent his childhood on the family farm doing just that. He decided to take his expertise in robotics and control and create a device that could do the monitoring for him. “It’s a module you will place in the field, and it will feed you daily or hourly text updates to your cell phone,” Harris said. “It will tell you how your crops are doing so you know when to water.” The system is in development and will be in production by July, 2016.

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Find this article and a lot more in the 2016 “Student Innovation @ the U” report. The publication is presented by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute to celebrate student innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs.

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