The Robotanist was initially designed to help plant geneticists and breeders grow more efficient sorghum in the Southeastern United States. At a base weight of 140 kg, the platform is capable of carrying an additional 100 kg at up to 2 m/s for more than 8 hours between charges, thanks to the devotion of one-third of the base to a Li-Ion battery. With considerably lower ground pressure than the human foot and enough torque to drive straight up a wall, we've yet to get the robot stuck in the mud.
A suite of navigation and phenotyping sensors give the robot a chance at navigating within the world. The robot comes standard with an RTK GPS, and aerospace grade inertial measurement unit, multiple navigation cameras, a Time of Flight sensor, and multiple LiDAR units. The modularity of the platform allows the inclusion of more sensors as the environment changes.