The task gives the robot a green thumb, quite literally. The Multipurpose Mobile Manipulator can water houseplants in an indoor environment using a specialized hose adapter that pours water from an upside-down water bottle located on the back of the robot. It searches for houseplants using an ultrasonic rangefinder on the other hand. With enough development, this task can evolve into a full fledged autonomous gardening and farming machine, where the robot monitors, fertilizes, and waters a row of plants over time.
Lead Contributor:John Choi
CAD files and source: https://github.com/johnchoi313/MMM_2015-2016/tree/master/MMM_Plants