We’ve seen how this schoolgirl’s invention could stimulate crop growth.
Cultivating plants in the desert is a different ball game – but this robot might just help.
Developed by students at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, the 20cm long device moves autonomously through the desert on legs from a 3D printer.
Spurred on by a battery powered during the day by its solar modules, the robot navigates the desert terrain by night.
With sensors for eyes, it works within a 5km radius searching for fertile soil in which to plant its seed.
A convoy of these planting machines could see the desert turn green, with progress potentially available for all to follow online.
Dry needn’t mean sterile.