By Andrew Liszewski
Tending a bountiful garden takes a bit more than just a green thumb, there’s also a lot of back breaking work when it comes to planting, weeding and harvesting. But if Australian inventors Brendan Corry and Peter Sargent have their way, performing those tasks could be as comfortable as taking a nap. Their creation, the Wunda Weeder, has workers laying on their stomach on a sort of bed with an adjustable headrest suspended just above the crops they’re tending. It’s fully adjustable depending on what type of crop it will be used with, and the electric motors that propel the Wunda are powered by the sun thanks to a set of solar cells on the roof which doubles as a shade and rain guard.
At first glance it looks like a contraption you’d see wandering around Willy Wonka’s factory, but its creators believe it could triple farm productivity and even pay for itself after the first year, even with a price tag that’s expected to be around $8,000.